East of Elephant Rock

Old Hollywood traditions hang heavy and ridiculous over this depressingly redundant sample of British independent cinema. It's a colonial romantic tragedy, set somewhere in South East Asia during 1948. In place of people like Gable, Harlow or Bette Davis, a cast of British stalwarts gamely beat their breasts over sexual and racial problems brought to the boil by the philandering of Embassy secretary Hurt, whose mistresses include a native girl and the far from native wife of a plantation owner. Boyd's direction revives antique clichés like newspaper headlines spinning into close-up to pull the plot forward, but nothing seems likely to pull the audience out of its slumbers. Peter Skellern's score provides a parallel musical pastiche, and the photography recalls ads for Bacardi and Coke.

By: GB

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Boyd
Screenwriter: Don Boyd
Cast: John Hurt
Jeremy Kemp
Judi Bowker
Christopher Cazenove
Anton Rodgers
Tariq Yunus

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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In spite of previous comment I enjoyed this film very. Much and in a way the criticisms of the previous review are the strengths that give it value. It is accepting the film for representing and. Sing in it's period Thst gives it life.