From the very first moment that Van Diemen’s Land starts you know that you are in for a disturbing ride. Underlying the lamenting score is an unpleasant piercing sound; this film is an assault on the senses. You hear the wind brushing through the trees, the rushing water, every twig snap and every bone crunch - the effect is unnerving. There have been stories buzzing around the Internet about audience members vomiting or fainting whilst watching this film, for once this doesn’t sound like it is just publicity hype. There is definitely something physically unsettling about the film - not simply the storyline, but the whole approach taken to tell the story.
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