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Georgia Perry, Radha Mitchell, is attempting to navigate her small yacht, solo, around the world. She is obliged to follow the rules of the game, which means she can't start her motor or have any visitors on board during the trip. Georgia's fiance? Luke, Dominic Barrett, who previously attempted a similar trip, is her contact on-shore and the entire expedition is sponsored by a cosmetics company, run by the predatory Casey Monne, Tottie Goldsmith. The trip isn't going well; Georgia is becalmed and she's beginning to be haunted by 'visitors', including her estranged parents, Ray Barrett and Susannah York. Richard Franklin is rare among Australian directors in that he studied film in Hollywood; Alfred Hitchcock was one of his tutors, and the two became friends - it was Franklin who directed the first, and best, of the Psycho sequels. Visitors marks the reunion of Franklin and screenwriter Everett DeRoche, who collaborated years ago on now classic Aussie thrillers, Patrick and Road Games, and they've tackled a Hitchcockian idea inspired by Lifeboat: almost all of the action is confined to the ship itself, which has proved a challenge for all concerned. Franklin's skills as a director are amply demonstrated in the way he uses the limited space to highly charged claustrophobic effect, and he's backed by some excellent talents in cinematographer Ellery Ryan and designer Stewart Burnside; Radha Mitchell is excellent, too, as the heroine whose 'visitors' may be ghosts or may be the result of her mind giving way under the strain of her lonely voyage. Some elements in this ambitious film don't work as well as others, and the conclusion's a bit of a disappointment, but Visitors is worth a look if you're interested in something genuinely original and unusual, and deserves to be seen on the cinema screen.