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Wills & Burke movie scenes Ferguson DiMeo St Thomas and Area Wills and Estates
Director   Bob Weis

Wills & Burke (also known as The Wacky World of Wills & Burke and Wills & Burke: The Untold Story) is a 1985 Australian black comedy film about the Burke and Wills expedition. It opened a week before Burke & Wills, a serious drama about the expedition.

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Plot

In 1860, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills are chosen to explore the Australian continent from south to north and back again. Just before the expedition departs, Burke proposes to young actress Julia Matthews, who has trouble remembering who he is. John Macadam tries to sustain public interest by staging a musical play about the expedition. Julia demands the lead role and grows a beard to prove she play Burke. The play opens around the time Burke and Wills die in the desert. John King survives the expedition and is found by a search party in 1861.

Cast

  • Garry McDonald as Robert O'Hara Burke
  • Kym Gyngell as William John Wills
  • Nicole Kidman as Julia Matthews
  • Peter Collingwood as Sir William Stawell
  • Mark Little as John King
  • Jonathan Hardy as John Macadam
  • Production

    Philip Dalkin first wrote the story as a stage play, which Bob Weis read in 1978. He enjoyed it and at one stage thought of making it as a television miniseries before deciding on turning it into a feature film. It was shot over six weeks in and around Melbourne on a budget of $1.7 million.

    Release

    The film was not a success at the box office.

    References

    Wills & Burke Wikipedia


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