Movies

The Min-Min

Synopsis

When an ancient Aboriginal burial ground is desecrated, a vengeful spirit from the Dreaming is released, causing supernatural mayhem.

Min-min lights (named after an Aboriginal term) are mysterious lights in Australia’s Outback which appear suddenly, may chase you if you're in a car, approach rapidly to within a few metres, often switch position dramatically, and have no discernible origin.

A scientific explanation offered says that the min-min is a mirage that occurs when a layer of warm air lies above a layer of colder air near ground level. The cold layer traps lights by refraction and may channel it over long distances.

During day-time people easily estimate distance using their binocular vision and reference points like mountains, trees, etc. At night such estimation is difficult and therefore, if a light is seen, people rely more on brightness cues. A light that's getting brighter may then be interpreted as getting closer or even as chasing the observer. [1]

Details

Release dates
1990 - Australia
Rating
Soundtrack
Paul Holland
Notes

The Min-Min is also known as Min-Min Reveng.

Watch now

Find "The Min-Min" on DVD or BluRay

Browse Aboriginal film suppliers and distributors

Explore more Aboriginal movies

Explore movie history with the Aboriginal film timeline.

Take the quiz: Are you an Aboriginal movie buff?

References

View article sources (1)

[1] 'Min-min mystery solved', Investigator 6, May 1989, users.adam.com.au/bstett/PaMinMinSolved97.htm, retrieved 3/10/2015

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, The Min-Min, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/the-min-min>, retrieved 17 June 2019

Knowledge is better when your friends know too.
Who can you help today?

"Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge." — Ana Monnar

Join more than 13,360 Smart Owls who know more!