Dead Calm


1989 | Australia | 96mins | M Violence, offensive language & sex scenes

  • Director: Phillip Noyce
  • Producer: Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell
  • Writer: Terry Hayes, Charles Williams
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Trailer


30 Jul, Friday

A remarkable breakout for Nicole Kidman, who gives this feminist thriller everything it deserves, and more.
Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm


Central Cinema proudly presents a festival of seven films, handpicked by, and starring, our patron Sam Neill.
Treat yourself to excellent cinema, convivial company and a festival atmosphere.

With such a long and illustrious career behind him, it was difficult to narrow down the selection, but Sam chose these movies as representing some of his best work, coupled with fond memories of the shoots and working alongside some of his favourite people.

The movie that put many people off sailing into the sunset, Dead Calm is a tense thriller set at sea. Sam Neill as John Ingram is the loving husband to wife Rae, played by a young Nicole Kidman. Billy Zane stars as Hughie, apparently the sole survivor of a food poisoning incident, but really (spoiler alert) an unhinged killer.

Director Philip Noyce ratchets up the tension and the Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop to the unfolding psychological drama. Dead Calm is a classic of its genre.

A gripping three-character film that plays out like Hitchcock on the High Seas.
Brian Mckay ,

One of the best thrillers of our time….it’ll leave your gasping for air
Caffeinated Clint, Mediasharx