13 March 1987 (1987-03-13) (USA) 30 April 1987 (1987-04-30) (Australia)
novel by D. H. Lawrence
Evan Jones, D.H. Lawrence (novel)
Kangaroo is a 1987 Australian drama film directed by Tim Burstall and based on a novel of the same name by D. H. Lawrence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kangaroo grossed $68,978 at the box office in Australia.
ReferencesKangaroo (1987 film) Wikipedia
Kangaroo (1987 film) IMDb Kangaroo (1987 film) themoviedb.org