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The Year of Living Dangerously

Released 1983
Distributor MGM/UA

Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the upheaval of Sukarno’s Indonesia is suspenseful, smart and beautifully acted with top honors going to Linda Hunt’s gender-bending triumph as photo-journalist Billy Kwan who strikes the romantic sparks between the more conventional duo played by Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. The title was Sukarno’s prophetic phrase for the year 1965. Filming in Manila was disrupted by death threats from Moslem radicals and most of the film was shot in Australia. Composer Maurice Jarre eschewed his typically epic orchestrations for a low key electronic score bolstered by ancient tribal instruments.

About Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, Girlfight in 1999. Since then she has directed the science-fiction love story Aeon Flux, and the comedy-horror film Jennifer’s Body. She lives in Los Angeles.