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A Citys Child

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Director  Brian Kavanagh
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Screenplay  Don Battye
Country  Australia
Release date  23 March 1972 (1972-03-23)
Based on  a story by Brian Kavanagh
Writer  Don Battye, Brian Kavanagh (story)
Cast  Monica Maughan, Sean Scully
Awards  AACTA Award for Best Film, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress
Similar movies  Frog Dreaming (1986), The Devils Playground (1976), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Cubbyhouse (2001), The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

A Citys Child is a 1972 Australian film directed by Brian Kavanagh.


A Citys Child movie scenes The Troubles Actors film a scene in this back street in Blackburn which became the

To escape her demanding, sick mother and her suburban loneliness, a middle-aged woman slides into a fantasy world in which there is incredible relief.


A spinster whose invalid mother dies starts drifting into a fantasy world. She starts collecting dolls and meets a young man who may or may not be real. The two of them become lovers.


  • Monica Maghan as the woman
  • Sean Scully as the man
  • Moira Carlteon as the mother
  • Vivean Gray as first neighbour
  • Marguerite Lofthouse as second neighbour
  • Beverley Heath as shopgirl
  • Michael Howell as doctor
  • Roger Scales as man on beach
  • Donna Drake as girl on beach
  • Mary Marshall as woman on train
  • Production

    The film was shot on 16mm with some financial assistance from the Experimental Film and Television Fund. Shooting took place over four weeks, half in a small studio belonging to Cambridge Films, half on location in various suburbs. After completion of filming, the Australian Film Development Corporation provided $5,000 to enable the film to be blown up to 35mm.


    The film played in the London, Edinburgh, Chicago and Sydney Film Festivals. Monica Maugham won Best Female Actor at the 1972 AFI Awards. However the film was not widely screened, in part because the movie was refused registration under the quality clause of the New South Wales Film Quota Act.


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