The Last Wave is about a lawyer who defends a group of aborigines in a murder case, and who finds himself able to have contact, in some way, with the aboriginal Dreamtime. The movie reminded me of another song, too, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, one of Bob Dylan's most powerful songs of warning and retribution:
And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall was written in the summer of 1962. Weir's movie was fifteen years later, in 1977. Makes me think of another Dylan lyric:
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin'
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Well, now time passed and now it seemsThe aboriginal Dreamtime is the time of Creation, when the rules and the laws were set. We'd better get back to that, and to those rules and laws.
Everybody's having them dreams ...
Or watch out for the waves that, even now, are building their power.
That even now are on their way ...