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PUNISHMENT PARK (1971)

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* "1971's PUNISHMENT PARK is one of the most incendiary documents of radicalism ever made. Watching it now, it's hard not to think of the decision to declare the captives at Guantanamo Bay 'unlawful combatants' so as to exempt them from the Geneva Convention." Eye Weekly * "Paralysing. A devastating indictment and a chilling prognosis." The San Fransisco Chronicle * "Watkins' vision of a polarized America is intence, outrageous and still relevant." The Boston Phoenix * "Peter Watkins is a remarkable director, whose visionary films deserve - no, need - to be far better-known: this stupendous, earth-scorching missive is one of his very finest." The Telegraph * "**** "Fascinating, gut-wrenching and thought-provoking filmmaking." Time Out UK * "**** "Made in 1971 as a response to the social upheavals of the late 60s, the film feels just as shockingly relevant today." BBC * "**** "This is a valuable opportunity to explore the work of one of the most overlooked, but important, film makers of his generation." Uncut UK


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Catalogue No. AUN0074
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723000745
DVD Release Date 7 Nov 2007
Director Peter Watkins
Producer Susan Martin
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Genre Mockumentary
Rating M (Recommended for mature audiences)
Run Time 88 minutes
Visual Format 4:3 Full Frame
Audio Format Dolby Stereo
Language English
Special Features * Specially-filmed 28 minute introduction by Peter Watkins * Feature-length audio commentary by Dr Joseph A. Gomez, author of the 1979 book "Peter Watkins" * 16 page colour booklet with an essay by Dr. Joseph A. Gomez * PUNISHMENT PARK was shot on 16mm and has been digitally re-mastered from a new 35mm print struck from the restored 35mm blow-up negative held in Paris
Quotes * "1971's PUNISHMENT PARK is one of the most incendiary documents of radicalism ever made. Watching it now, it's hard not to think of the decision to declare the captives at Guantanamo Bay 'unlawful combatants' so as to exempt them from the Geneva Convention." Eye Weekly * "Paralysing. A devastating indictment and a chilling prognosis." The San Fransisco Chronicle * "Watkins' vision of a polarized America is intence, outrageous and still relevant." The Boston Phoenix * "Peter Watkins is a remarkable director, whose visionary films deserve - no, need - to be far better-known: this stupendous, earth-scorching missive is one of his very finest." The Telegraph * "**** "Fascinating, gut-wrenching and thought-provoking filmmaking." Time Out UK * "**** "Made in 1971 as a response to the social upheavals of the late 60s, the film feels just as shockingly relevant today." BBC * "**** "This is a valuable opportunity to explore the work of one of the most overlooked, but important, film makers of his generation." Uncut UK
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Synopsis
1970. The war in Vietnam is escalating. President Nixon has decided on a secret bombing campaign of Cambodia. There is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere. Nixon declares a state of national emergency, and authorizes Federal authorities, without reference to Congress, to detain persons judged to be "a risk to internal security".

In a desert zone in southwest California, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents and gives them the option of participating in law enforcement training exercises in the Bear Mountain Punishment Park. In an atmosphere of aggression and intimidation and in soaring temperatures, the prisoners have to fight for their lives as they are hunted down by the forces of law and order.

In light of the recent controversy surrounding Guantanamo Bay and its questionable egality, PUNISHMENT PARK is as relevant today as it was in 1970 and just as blistering and scathing against the current US and Australian governments in their unlawful treatment of its citizens and others under the guise of homeland security.
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