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Crosstalk (film)

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Language  English
Country  Australia

Director  Mark Egerton Keith Salvat
Release date  1982
Based on  a script by Keith Salvat

Crosstalk econ front


Crosstalk is a 1982 science fiction thriller film made in Australia and produced by the New South Wales Film Corporation.

Contents

Crosstalk 1982 trailer


Plot

A highly advanced computer witnesses a murder and resorts to violence to protect its own future.

Cast

  • Gary Day as Ballinger
  • Penny Downie as Cindy
  • John Ewart as David Stollier
  • Kim Deacon as Jane
  • Peter Collingwood as Hollister
  • Production

    In 1979 Keith Salvat, who had made the film Private Collection (1972), wrote a script inspired by Rear Window (1954) called High Rise, about a man trapped in a high rise building because of an injury. He received from development money from the New South Wales Film Corporation and wrote early drafts with the assistance of Byron Kennedy. Then Ross Matthews became involved as producer, and the NSWFC agreed to finance the entire movie themselves under the title Wall to Wall...

    Just before filming commenced Ross Matthews got another film funded, Hoodwink (1981) and so brought in Errol Sullivan as co-producer. Filming began in 1981 and was marked by difficulties and tensions, particularly between Sullivan and Salvat. Salvat shot for 19 days, then on 31 May 1981 Sullivan and Matthews fired Salvat and replaced him with first assistant director Mark Egerton. Production was shut down for a week while Egerton and Denis Whitburn rewrote the script. Among the changes made were a new opening sequence and removing most of the exteriors so more scenes could be shot in the one set.

    Salvat requested that his name be taken off the film and that the title be changed. Errol Sullivan claims that only one or two scenes of Salvat's remain in the final film.

    Box office

    Crosstalk grossed $26,000 at the box office in Australia.

    References

    Crosstalk (film) Wikipedia


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