How come I’ve never heard of this? The Siege of Pinchgut, or it was called Four Desperate Men in the States, made in 1959.
Synopsis: Matt Kirk escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. When Kirk and his three accomplices attempt to make good their escape from Sydney harbour by boat, a mechanical fault sets the boat adrift and they end up on Pinchgut Island. The gang take the island’s watchman and his family hostage as the police begin to close in.
I couldn’t find a trailer or any video at all, but you can click to download the film
Here’s the trailer, oh and you can watch it in full here
On February 15 2011, Professor Jonathan Lethem presented a screening at Pomona College. Lethem has also written a book, also called “They Live” on the film. This video is from his presentation after the film and a Q&A session. I’d always liked the ideas and the imagery, but i had no clue of how much is going on in this movie!
This is Phase IV, the only feature film directed by legendary graphic designer Saul Bass. There’s some rad images edited with a heckload of panache towards end of the trailer.
Wiki on the plot: Due to some unknown cosmic event, listed in “phases”, ants have undergone rapid evolution and developed a hive mind. A scientific team begins investigating strange towers and geometrically perfect designs that the ants have started building in the desert. The ant colony and the scientific team, along with a rural family, make war with each other, with the ants being the more effective aggressors. The narrative uses the scientific team as the main protagonists, but also an ant “heroine” going about her duties in the colony. The film concludes with the last of the cosmic “phases,” Phase IV, which promises a new future for all life on Earth.