Down the rabbit hole

NEW PLANET: A sequence in Air NZ’s surreal flight safety video (above) brings to mind the final scene in the 1985, New Zealand movie The Quiet Earth (next picture). AirNZ picture supplied
Quiet Earth

It’s not art as we know it, Scotty, but it is a “fantastical” flight safety video and it features Tolaga Bay Wharf in an Alice in Wonderland-inspired scene.

Air New Zealand’s new safety video stars Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. and is soundtracked by a dreamy song by Gin Wigmore.

In the life-jackets-are-beneath-your-seats sequence, a massive opaque planet encircled by rings sinks behind the horizon beyond the historic wharf.

The image brings to mind the new planet that appears in the closing frames of the Geoff Murphy directed, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it, 1985 movie The Quiet Earth. The only survivors of the apocalypse in the New Zealand-set story are those who had a near-death experience at that moment.

The meaning of the final scene is as opaque as the new planet in the flight safety video and the post-apocalyptic movie.

In his commentary on the DVD, producer Sam Pillsbury says “. . . we all thought it was quite simple;

“I mean, our intention was just that, what happened was, he died at the moment of the effect for a second time and he’s now found himself in another world.

“What the hell’s he gonna do?”

Pillsbury went on to suggest director Geoff Murphy was a lapsed Catholic and the scene might have something to do with purgatory.

“Y’know, you being trapped in cyclical and going back into having to relive your thing until you work out your karma . . . enigmatic is good, I think.”

Just as enigmatic are the giant flowers that bloom underwater alongside the Tolaga Bay Wharf in the Air NZ ad.

The no-smoking sequence features a giant air hostess standing over volcanic White Island, gently fanning away plumes of steam.

Given the surrealistic content, as well as Pillsbury’s meditation, the no-smoking request could be a shade late.

It’s not art as we know it, Scotty, but it is a “fantastical” flight safety video and it features Tolaga Bay Wharf in an Alice in Wonderland-inspired scene.

Air New Zealand’s new safety video stars Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. and is soundtracked by a dreamy song by Gin Wigmore.

In the life-jackets-are-beneath-your-seats sequence, a massive opaque planet encircled by rings sinks behind the horizon beyond the historic wharf.

The image brings to mind the new planet that appears in the closing frames of the Geoff Murphy directed, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it, 1985 movie The Quiet Earth. The only survivors of the apocalypse in the New Zealand-set story are those who had a near-death experience at that moment.

The meaning of the final scene is as opaque as the new planet in the flight safety video and the post-apocalyptic movie.

In his commentary on the DVD, producer Sam Pillsbury says “. . . we all thought it was quite simple;

“I mean, our intention was just that, what happened was, he died at the moment of the effect for a second time and he’s now found himself in another world.

“What the hell’s he gonna do?”

Pillsbury went on to suggest director Geoff Murphy was a lapsed Catholic and the scene might have something to do with purgatory.

“Y’know, you being trapped in cyclical and going back into having to relive your thing until you work out your karma . . . enigmatic is good, I think.”

Just as enigmatic are the giant flowers that bloom underwater alongside the Tolaga Bay Wharf in the Air NZ ad.

The no-smoking sequence features a giant air hostess standing over volcanic White Island, gently fanning away plumes of steam.

Given the surrealistic content, as well as Pillsbury’s meditation, the no-smoking request could be a shade late.

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