The Intruders

The Intruders (Lee Robinson, 1969) Ed Devereaux, Tony Bonner, Ken James, Garry Pankhurst, Liza Goddard, Ron Graham, Jeanie Drynan, Kevin Miles; family adventure

The title is preceded on screen by Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, and that is sometimes seen as part of the full title.

This is a spinoff from the TV series, 1968, 1969, 1970, and it shows. It feels like a half-hour show that has been unnaturally dragged out to 100 minutes by repetition, delay, and a failure to edit tightly. It starts with a long sequence of three speedboats doing something that doesn't advance the plot much; we see them again before long, doing the same thing. Sonny is locked up for half the length of the film. Skippy's communications are as silly as usual - let's face it: kangaroos can't act. Nor communicate - all his sounds seem to be identical. So Sonny is a remarkably fine interpreter of marsupial speech. ... But it's pointless to go on bashing a children's film for being just that.
It's good to see some Australian actors as their younger selves actually getting work in a feature film. So: props to Lee Robinson for getting it up.

Garry Gillard | New: 24 August, 2018 | Now: 24 August, 2018