This Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand movie, based on the same titled novel, written by Craig Harrison. It concerns the lives of a few people that have seemed to survive an event (called “The Effect” by the main character) that followed something called “Project Flashlight.” Our main character, Zac Hobson (played by Bruno Lawrence) is a scientist who apparently wakes up to a completely empty world. Puzzled by a radio that picks up nothing, Zac drives into an equally desolate city where, it seems, everyone has vanished. Even crashed cars and plains have no traces of bodies in them. When he finally reaches the lab where he works, he discovers that “Project Flashlight” has been activated.
Borrowing from such stories as I Am Legend, Zac immediately goes on a looney binge, collecting every material thing he’s ever wanted (including a stuffed Emu, apparently), takes up residence in a loverly house and indulges himself in all sorts of earthly pleasures. Then, predictably, he goes crazy and delivers a speech of confession to a large crowd of cardboards cut-outs (all big names; we have Bob Marley, Adolf Hitler, Pope John Paul II, Alfred Hitchcock) about how he had allowed his scientific brilliance to be mal-used by powerful people “in the common good.” This rampage includes shooting up a church while proclaiming himself God and a lot of other assorted property destruction. During this sequence, he runs over a baby carriage and, upon finding it empty as everything else, he decides to put a shotgun in his mouth. However, a bigger explosion makes him decide to live instead, and in the next scene, he’s leaping about in the surf somewhere, good as new... kinda.
Ryk McIntyre is a Multi-Hyphen sort of person. Poet, critic, performer, workshop facilitator and co-host at both GotPoetry! Live (Providence) and Cantab Lounge (Cambridge,MA). He's been living in RI for the past 6 years, with his wife and daughter. Ryk has performed his work at Boston's ICA, NYC's New School, Portsmouth, NH's Music Hall and Lollapalooza, to name just a few. He has toured the US, performing in countless Poetry open mics and festivals. He turned down Allen Ginsburg once.