|Backroads was too realistic a portrait of Australian race relations for the 1978 local
audiences and distributor's. The film was only ever screened once commercially in this country,
at the Lonford Cinema in Melbourne. Some of the reviews below stem from that solitary Australian
commercial season, the others reflect the film's overseas success.|
Backroads was a great success at the 1978 Berlin film festival, where it attracted high praise from German directors Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders. As a result, the film was a big success at the Cannes film festival later that year, and consequently was invited to screen at the British Film Instute in London. Backroads ultimately screened for six months at the Scala Cinema in London,first as a double with Stephen Wallace film, Love Letters from Teralba Road, and then as a support to the legendary Jimmy Cliff Reggae film, The Harder They Come.
The film has sinced been screened numerous times on Australian television as well as twenty other countries.
Read what the critics said about Backroads:-
Ad from Time Out magazine during London season of Backroads.