Walkabout is built around a simple story. Two city-dwelling children are driven by their father into the Australian desert, ostensibly for a picnic. There, after trying to shoot his young son, the father burns the car and kills himself. Left to try to find their own way home, the children soon lose themselves hopelessly. Exhausted and without water, they are rescued from the death they have no capacity to escape by a young aborigine. He leads them to safety, and in the course of their journey falls in love with the girl. Unable to get her to respond, he despairs, performs a ritual dance for her, and kills himself. The white children make their way home, and a brief coda shows the girl a few years later living a life very much like her mother’s.
KeywordsWhite Child Nursery Rhyme Australian Desert Classical Deity Perfect Past
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