Incident at Raven’s Gate (1988)

35mm film, colour
Dolby Stereo, English

An Australian science fiction film directed by Rolf de Heer.

Plot Summary

Strange events occur in a small Outback town following the deaths of an elderly couple at their home, Raven's Gate.


Directed by: Rolf de Heer
© International Film Management Limited MCMLXXXVIII [1988]
Hemdale Film Corporation presents and FGH presentation for International Film Management Limited. Developed with assistance from the Australian Film Commission. Made with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation
Executive Producer: Antony I. Ginnane
Producers: Rolf de Heer and Marc Rosenberg
Screenplay: Marc Rosenberg and Rolf de Heer
Adapted from an Original Screenplay by: James Michael Vernon
Director of Photography: Richard Michalak
Editor: Suresh Ayyar
Original Music: Graham Tardif with Roman Kronen
Sound Recordist: Bob Cutcher
Costume Designer: Clarissa Patterson
Make-up Artist & Hairdresser: Egon Dahm
Prosthetics: Sue Richter
Special Effects Coordinator: Jon Armstrong
Production Designer: Judi Russell

Steven Vidler (Eddie [Cleary])
Celine Griffin (Rachel [Cleary])
Ritchie Singer (Richard [Cleary])
Vincent Gil (Skinner)
Saturday Rosenberg (Annie)
Terry Camilleri (Hemmings)
Max Cullen (Taylor)
Peter Douglas (Bruce)
Ernie Ellison (George)
Brian O'Connor (Bill)
Ruth Goble (Kate)
Paul Philpott (Bruce)
Max Lorenzin (Weasel)
Phil Bitter (Des)

Alternative Titles

Encounter at Raven's Gate



  • City Limits no.441 (15 March 1990) pp.35-36 – illustrated review
  • Empire no.10 (April 1990) p.73 – illustrated review (by David Alexander)
  • Encore vol.4 no.9 (5 June 1986) p.24 – credits
  • Encore vol.5 no.9 (4 June 1987) p.21 – credits
  • Encore vol.5 no.15 (27 August 1987) pp.20-21 – credits, note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.57 no.675 (April 1990) p.103 – credits, review
  • Sight and Sound vol.1 no.8 (December 1991) p.58 – video note
  • Starburst no.139 (March 1990) pp.22-23 – illustrated review
  • Time Out no.1021 (14 March 1990) p.33 – illustrated review
  • Variety 31 August 1988 p.17, 40 – credits, review


  • Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features compiled and edited by Scott Murray p.283 – illustrated credits, synopsis