Friday, July 29, 2011

THE OVERLOOKED: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey-Re-worked

"THE OVERLOOKED"

This is a look at films that I personally enjoyed however some out there have never heard of them and I feel that they deserve another look at.

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

  90 min  -  Action | Adventure | Drama



              NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DISNEY'S
             "FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR"


This film I saw when I was Assistant Manager of Varsity Video in beautiful Vancouver BC.
We were known for getting obscure movies in like John Waters "Pink Flamingos" or Penthouse's "Caligula"
This was in our "Foreign" section not hearing of Vincent Ward, however finding the plot interesting, I took it home.


From the opening I was struck by the Cinematography and the music.
It is the story of a young boy Griffin(Hammish Mcfarlane)who tells a story of hope to his fellow men in his town five to be precise.The story is  a dream that Griffin has about the The "Death"
They are compelled by his dreams he is having about raising the offering over the church and thus eliminating the "Death".
This "Death" they speak of is "The Black Plague" which was around in 1348 which is when the movie takes place.
There journey is long and tiresome however they never falter from their path and know their destiny awaits.I was interested in watching this initially as the copy that we had at the store was actually a bad copy as it was all in black and white.
Originally as it was filmed is that when they are living the dream it is in color and when the story is happening it is in black and white.
However I was so compelled by the movie I watched it a 2nd time and understood the story, mush to my surprise when I did see some reviews about was confused when others were talking about the color scenes.
This is quite easily  in my top 5 personal choice films of all time, I just watched it again tonight for maybe the 50th time just to "Refresh" my memory of this great film.



   Click below to hear:
                           Music from The Navigator: A Medeval Odyssey

                                                                        More music :
                                                                 From the Movie
                                                                 
                                                                   Click below for:
                                         The first 14 Minutes of the movie


In just the opening moments of the film we are pulled into this world with the editing and the music all combined together to mash together some of the parts of the film that are important to the rest of the film.
Where  some films may take a few series to get all the facts together this one wraps it up in 90 minutes.

This is a list of awards nominations and wins for this movie:
Australian Film Institute
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1988 WonAFI AwardBest Achievement in Cinematography
Geoffrey Simpson
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Glenys Jackson
Best Achievement in Editing
John Scott
Best Achievement in Production Design
Sally Campbell
Best Director
Vincent Ward
Best Film
John Maynard
NominatedAFI AwardBest Actor in a Lead Role
Hamish McFarlane
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Livingston
Cannes Film Festival
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1988 NominatedPalme d'OrVincent Ward
Fantafestival
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1988 WonBest FilmVincent Ward
Fantasporto
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1989 WonAudience Jury AwardVincent Ward
International Fantasy Film AwardBest Cinematography
Geoffrey Simpson
NominatedInternational Fantasy Film AwardBest Film
Vincent Ward
New Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1989 WonFilm AwardBest Cinematography
Geoffrey Simpson
Best Contribution to a Soundtrack
Dick Reade
Best Director
Vincent Ward
Best Editing
John Scott
Best Film
John Maynard
Best Film Score
Davood A. Tabrizi
Best Performance, Female in a Supporting Role
Sarah Peirse
Best Performance, Male
Hamish McFarlane
Best Performance, Male in a Supporting Role
Noel Appleby
Best Production Design
Sally Campbell
Best Screenplay - Original
Kely Lyons Geoff Chapple Vincent Ward
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1988 WonBest FilmVincent Ward
(Source:IMDB(or)Internet Movie Database)



I hope you join me once again on my venture to find

                          "THE OVERLOOKED"                    

Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau