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The Journalist (1979 film)

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Director  Michael Thornhill
Genre  Comedy
Country  Australia
5/10 IMDb

Cinematography  Donald McAlpine
Duration  
Language  English
The Journalist (1979 film) The Journalist 1979 IMDb

Release date  22 November 1979 (1979-11-22)
Writer  Michael Thornhill, Edna Wilson
Cast  Jack Thompson, Sam Neill, Victoria Nicholls (Phillipa Richards)
Similar movies  The Getting of Wisdom (1978)

The Journalist is a 1979 Australian sex comedy about the romantic adventures of a journalist (Jack Thompson). It has the reputation as one of the worst Australian films of all time.

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The Journalist (1979 film) THE JOURNALIST Movie Poster 1979 Jack Thompson Australian Daybill

Plot

Journalist Simon Morris has trouble with his love life. He is separated from his wife Wendy and daughter Suzie and lives with his girlfriend Liz.

Production

Money came from Roadshow, who wanted Jack Thompson to play the lead, and the New South Wales Film Corporation. The shoot started January 1979 and went for four weeks.

Reception

The film was very poorly received critically and commercially. Thornhill:

The Journalist was a misfire completely and I think it was my fault entirely. We should never have had Jack Thompson. He was just miscast. He's not a comedian. He's a serious, solid actor. We should have had Sam Neill in the lead role and you would have had a debonair roue - it was meant to be a debonair roue. It was meant to be a piece of fluff, a piece of effervescent fluff that came out feeling like lard.

References

The Journalist (1979 film) Wikipedia
The Journalist (1979 film) IMDb