In a Savage Land (1999)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Australian director Bill Bennett sets this exploration of sexual politics and cultural differences against the stunning vistas of the Trobriand Islands. In it, two anthropologists travel to a remote island in the South Pacific to study its culture in the 1930s. Evelyn (Maya Stange) is an adventurous free thinker, while her husband Phillip (Martin Donovan) is a rigid scholar bound to convention and propriety. Tension develops between the couple when Phillip fails to acknowledge what Evelyn sees as obvious: that women run this lusty culture. Tensions are upped another notch when Evelyn falls for Mick (Rufus Sewell), a macho American pearl merchant. As Evelyn's life begins to crash in around her, the Japanese army invades her island paradise and tragedy strikes her priggish husband. In a Savage Land was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Directed By:
In Theaters:


Martin Donovan
as Philip Spence
Rufus Sewell
as Mick Carpenter
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for In a Savage Land

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Quote not available.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In a Savage Land

the setting is evocative of a paul bowles or w. somerset maughm story. perfect role for rufus sewell. i am a fan of martin donovan, but he isn't very charming in this role.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

In a Savage Land Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss In a Savage Land on our Movie forum!

News & Features