A middle-aged man, Peter, goes to a dating agency in search of a companion. He is introduced to a shy bank clerk Patricia.
Wendy Hughes as Patricia Curnow
Norman Kaye as Peter Thompson
Jon Finlayson as George
Julia Blake as Pamela
Jonathan Hardy as Bruce
Irene Inescort as Patricia's mother
Vic Gordon as Patricia's father
Ted Grove-Rogers as Peter's father
Paul Cox wrote the first two drafts, then Phillip Adams proposed the movie be the first of four films made by the Adams-Packer company. John Clarke was brought in to co-write and John Murray became producer. Cox was paid $30,000 which he says was the first payment he ever received for making a film.
The film was shot over six weeks with two weeks for rehearsal.
The film was extremely well received and screened widely overseas, establishing Cox's reputation.
Bob Ellis later argued that the movie was Cox's best because more time and care was put into it with less improvisation. "It had a producer, a director, a script editor, you know, the usual apparatus and, of course, it's a full and wonderful film. His other ones are like brief, infinitely prolonged screams or sonatas or something..."
Lonely Hearts was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in August 2007. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer and interviews with Paul Cox, John Clarke And Wendy Hughes.