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Director  Tim Burstall
Country  Australia
6.8/10 IMDb

Duration  
Language  English
Kangaroo (1987 film) movie poster
Release date  13 March 1987 (1987-03-13) (USA) 30 April 1987 (1987-04-30) (Australia)
Based on  novel by D. H. Lawrence
Writer  Evan Jones, D.H. Lawrence (novel)

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Kangaroo is a 1987 Australian drama film directed by Tim Burstall and based on a novel of the same name by D. H. Lawrence.

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Plot

In 1922, an English writer (Colin Friels) migrates to Australia with his wife (Judy Davis). There he resists joining both a paramilitary group and a socialist group, is caught in a riot, sees a death and loses love and friendship.

Cast

  • Colin Friels as Richard Somers
  • Judy Davis as Harriet Somers
  • John Walton as Jack Calcott
  • Julie Nihill as Vicki Calcott
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne as Kangaroo
  • Peter Hehir as Jaz
  • Peter Cummins as Struthers
  • Tim Robertson as O'Neill
  • Malcolm Robertson as Publisher
  • David Hutchins as Cornwall Detective
  • Production

    In 1972 it was announced the novel would be filmed starring Dirk Bogarde but this did not eventuate. In 1981 Tim Burstall announced he would make the film and he had Leo McKern lined up to play Kangaroo but he was unable to raise finance. He managed to do it several years later, by which time he felt McKern was too old and instead cast Hugh Keays-Byrne. He got Evan Jones to adapt the script because he felt it needed an English writer.

    Filming was conducted in Melbourne, Australia and went from 21 October to 14 December 1985.

    Awards

    The film was nominated for 2 awards in the 1986 AFI Awards and also won in the Best Achievement in Best Actress in a Lead Role (Judy Davis) and Costume Design (Terry Ryan) categories. It was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.

    Home video

    After the film's 1987 U.S. theatrical run, the film was released on videocassette and laserdisc by MCA Home Video. The film was released through Australia-based Umbrella Entertainment on 8 January 2010 as an all-region PAL disc.

    Box office

    Kangaroo grossed $68,978 at the box office in Australia.

    References

    Kangaroo (1987 film) Wikipedia
    Kangaroo (1987 film) IMDb Kangaroo (1987 film) themoviedb.org


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