Release date17 August 1989 ScreenplayLeslie Dixon, Robin Schiff CastPatrick Dempsey (Randy Bodek), Kate Jackson (Diane Bodek), Kirstie Alley (Dr Joyce Palmer), Nancy Valen (Jenny Gordon), Barbara Carrera (Alex Barnett) Similar moviesMilk Money (1994), Pretty Woman (1990), Kiss Me - Stupid (1964), Star Maps (1997), Crimes of Passion (1984)
Lover Boy is a 1989 short film directed by Geoffrey Wright. It stars Noah Taylor and Gillian Jones.
In the western suburbs of Melbourne, shy teenage misfit Mick (Noah Taylor) is volunteered by his mother to mow the lawns of her friend Sally (Gillian Jones). Mick and Sally soon become lovers, drawn to each other for different reasons - Mick from typical adolescent sexuality and Sally from desperate loneliness. The relationship leads to conflict and eventually violence.
Noah Taylor as Mick
Gillian Jones as Sally
Ben Mendelsohn as Gazza
Alice Garner as Rhonda
Daniel Pollock as Duck
Lover Boy and the David Swann short film Bonza were released as a double feature VHS tape in 1989. Lover Boy was a special feature on the DVD release of Wright's 1994 film Metal Skin.
Lover Boy, the book
The novelisation of Lover Boy was written by Jocelyn Harewood and published by Text Publishing in 1994. It explores the conflicting worlds of a teenager and a mature woman as they discover the full force of their sexuality. The joy this brings soon turns to torment and violence. Harewood follows the film closely. However she also develops the characters, so the reader can empathise with their attitudes and behaviour. Lover Boy, the book, was published as an e-book in November 2012.