Release date25 August 1966 (1966-08-25) Initial releaseAugust 25, 1965 (Australia) CastSheila Florance, Bobby Clark, Lola Russell, Cole Turnley, Jean Lebedew, Claude Thomas, Chris Tsalikis, George Dixon AwardsAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Film - General Similar moviesFloating Life (1996), September (2007), A Womans Tale (1991), The Well (1997), What I Have Written (1996)
Unit four plus two concrete and clay 1965
Clay is a 1965 Australian drama film directed by Giorgio Mangiamele. The film was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, but it lost to The Knack ...and How to Get It.
Nick is a murderer on the run from the police. He finds a remote artists' colony and takes shelter there. Whilst there, he falls in love with a sculptor named Margot. When Nick is betrayed to the police by a jealous rival, Chris, Margot kills herself.
Janina Lebedew as Margot
George Dixon as Nick
Chris Tsalikis as Chris
Claude Thomas as Father
Bobby Clark as Charles
Sheila Florance as Deaf-mute
Lola Russell as Mary
Cole Turnley as Businessman
The film was shot in 1964, with the crew consisting of Mangiamele, a camera assistant and a sound technician. The budget was raised by Mangiamele mortgaging his house and the cast contributing ₤200 each. Filming started in May and took six weeks, mostly at an artist's colony in Montsalvat. Lead actor Janina Lebedew had her voice dubbed by Sheila Florence.
The movie was the first Australian film selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
In March 1965 the ABC bought the TV rights for £2,600 and the film won to awards for photography at the 1965 AFIs. However it was poorly received at the Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne Film Festival and struggled to get commercial release.