GenreDrama ScreenplayHelen Garner, Ken Cameron CountryAustralia
Release date17 June 1982 (1982-06-17) WriterKen Cameron, Helen Garner (book), Helen Garner CastNoni Hazlehurst (Nora), Colin Friels (Javo), Alice Garner (Gracie), Harold Hopkins (Willie), Candy Raymond (Lillian), Michael Caton (Clive) Similar moviesBoyhood, The Hunt, Clouds of Sils Maria, One Day, St. Vincent, Burn After Reading
TaglineLoving, hurting, caring, fighting, winning, losing, all part of ... Monkey Grip
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Monkey Grip is a 1982 Australian drama film directed by Ken Cameron. It is based on the novel, also titled Monkey Grip, by Helen Garner. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The film was produced by Patricia Lovell and stars Noni Hazelhurst and Colin Friels.
Ken Cameron tried to get up a film version of Helen Garner's novel in early 1979 but could not raise the budget of $553,000. Shooting was postponed until Patricia Lovell managed to get the money under 10BA tax regulations. However, by then costs had risen so much the film had to be made for $1 million. The film was shot in early 1981. The story is set in Melbourne but only one week of filming took place there. The Fitzroy Pool was recreated in Sydney's West Ryde pool. The iconic Deep Water Aqua Profonda sign was economically reused as the album cover in the film.
Monkey Grip grossed $451,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $1,312,410 in 2009 dollars. However it struggled to find distribution overseas.