Monday, January 17, 2011



Greetings! It's been about six months since we finished our third film. We've given away and posted hundreds of dvd's so far, and after a lot of good work by our friend Douglas Webster and the guys at, "Te Waiwaia" is now up for viewing from our site; if you go to the main page, the link is right below the title.

Douglas went to extra effort to make it look and sound really good, much better than it would on youtube. As well, it's all in one piece. The audio is full .AIFF, which sounds fantastic.

I'll offer a note of explanation on the surprise "tourist attack" sequence in the middle of the film. We thought it was pretty clear what was happening and why we put this in there, but some people don't get it. To get to that water-fall at Lily Ponds in Nitmiluk, we had walked about 15 kms in extremely hot weather. It was fairly gruelling. We'd just had about an hour of silence and solitude alone there, and we were putting our clothes back on after a nice swim, when all of a sudden the crows started making a sound as if they were very annoyed. Then out of nowhere dozens...but it seemed like hundreds...of tourists came marching in on us, just like a herd of cows that had been let out. The truly weird thing was that it literally seemed as if we were invisible to them. They almost stepped on us! This one fat lady came and stood right with her ass in my face as if I weren't even there. I stood up and pointed my video camera at her. In the film you can hear her slowed-down moan "You right?" We were astonished not to mention disturbed by all this.

We saw that they had come off of two tourist tour boats that had landed a hundred meters or so behind us. They'd struggled to walk 100 meters and we'd walked 15 kilometers.

These people all had gray auras and seemed quite zombie-like and spiritually alseep or even dead. They also seemed extremely bovine as they just followed the tour leader to their "pasture", grazed a bit on a view or two, then returned to their stock vessel.

We left immediately upon their invasion, to get back into the dream-time vibration from which we'd been rudely disrupted.

The helicopter footage was shot literally from sitting in front of our tent at the caravan park in Litchfield National Park. They were that close to us. Two choppers landed, let out a family or so of "Americans", and they drove off in 4wd vehicles. About two hours later, they all returned, took off, and disappeared over the horizon.

This sequence in the film is our commentary on "industrial tourism" and the extremely negative effect it's having on the possibility of having a positive wilderness experience in many areas throughout Australia and New Zealand.

We will continue to make documentary films about our travels and about real-world issues, but this film is more in the direction that we'd like to go in terms of being purely artistic and conceptual.

Thanks again to Peter Cholmondeley for giving us a place to work, to Ian McAllister for musical wizardry, to David Daly for electronic wizardry, and to Mother Earth and the Great Spirit for a beautiful...and fragile...planet.

Jeff Phillips
Christchurch NZ

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