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(1974)

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project.
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This movie was filmed during November and December 1973.
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The production shoot for this film went for five and a half weeks.
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This movie was about the fourth production of Melbourne-based Australian production house Hexagon Productions which functioned as Tim Burstall's production company for films distributed in Australia by the Village Roadshow organization.
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First feature film of a David Williamson screenplay which was not based on a theatre play by him.
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Debut theatrical feature film of Australian actor George Mallaby and Australian actresses Wendy Hughes and Belinda Giblin.
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This Australian film was retitled ' "Jock" Petersen ' for its American theatrical release in the USA. The film went out there with one hundred and twenty prints, a notable amount for an Australian movie at the time.
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This Australian movie was successful at the box-office when released in Australia during 1974.
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Jack Thompson received top / first billing, Jacki Weaver received second billing, Wendy Hughes received third billing, Belinda Giblin received fourth billing and Arthur Dignam received fifth billing.
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Third of five collaborations between writer David Williamson and director Tim Burstall. Their first two works together had been Stork (1971) and one of the episodes ("The Child") in Libido (1973) whilst their final two collaborations were Eliza Fraser (1976) and Duet for Four (1982).
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First of three theatrical movies that actress Wendy Hughes made with producer-director Tim Burstall. The second picture was High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977) whilst the third and final film was Duet for Four (1982).
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According to Richard Kuipers at the website Australian Screen, "Legendary director Stanley Kubrick praised the film on its release, particularly Burstall's [Tim Burstall] direction and Jack Thompsons lead performance."
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First original movie screenplay written directly for the screen by writer David Williamson.
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The nick-name of Dr. Patricia Kent (Wendy Hughes) was "Trish" whilst the nick-name of Tony Petersen (Jack Thompson) was "Jock" hence the latter's nick-name provided the re-title for Petersen (1974) for its UK and US release as "Jock Petersen" instead.
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The name of the tertiary educational institution featured in the movie was the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Scenes set there were actually filmed there.
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One of the cast members was actually last-named "Petersen", that being Karen Petersen, who portrayed Teresa. This feature film was her cinema movie debut.
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Both debuting in 1974, this film and Stone (1974) were the first ever cinema movies of Australian actress Helen Morse.
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According to the article Tim Burstall by Scott Murray published in the Sept-Oct 1979 edition of Cinema Papers, Jack Thompson's pay check on this picture was $1000 (Australian) per week.
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First ever leading role in a theatrical feature film of Australian actor Jack Thompson.
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The DVD sleeve notes state that the film "helped catapault Jack Thompson) to international stardom". This is also basically what has been stated by David Stratton in his book "The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival" (1980).
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British versions of the movie had to be cut in order for the film to garner an X certificate there.
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The type of tertiary educational qualification that Tony Petersen (Jack Thompson) went to university to study for was an Arts Degree with a major in English.
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The name of the student newspaper at the educational institution was called "Farrago". This is the same name as the real life student newspaper of the University of Melbourne where the uni campus scenes were set and shot.
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The movie's Australian DVD sleeve notes declare that the film was "one of the most controversial . . . feature films of Australia's Cinema Renaissance in the 1970s".
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Star Jack Thompson has said that this movie "created a career for me as an Australian leading man'.
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Actress Wendy Hughes once said of working on this film in an interview published in Australian film magazine 'Cinema Papers' in October 1982: "I didn't know whether I was Arthur or Martha half the time".
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The name of the motor-cycle bikie gang featured in the film was the "Vigilantes".
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One of four David Williamson written feature films starring Australian actress Jacki Weaver. The films are Stork (1971), Petersen (1974), The Perfectionist (1987) and The Removalists (1975).
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One of quite a number of Australian R-rated classified (18+ classification) films from Hexagon Productions made during the 1970s.
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According to David Stratton in his book "The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival" (1980), director Tim Burstall wanted this film to be the first movie from Hexagon Productions. Playwright David Williamson was contracted to write a screenplay which had various titles such as "Campus", "Sittin" and "Tony Petersen". However, as Williamson was busy working on a number of projects at the time, Hexagon Productions instead green-lit The Sex Therapist (1973), with Burstall directing it, and so Petersen (1974) got made next.
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In an interview with Tim Burstall in the Sept-Oct 1979 edition of Australian film magazine 'Cinema Papers', Burstall said that Graham Burke of Hexagon Productions allegedly did not want to make Petersen (1974) [at least initially]. Burstall then went and tried to get funding and financing from the Australian Film Development Corporation (AFDC). When the government film body rejected the project, it was then that Hexagon Productions officially became attached as the production house for the picture.
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The Shakespearian quote from William Shakespeare that Tony Petersen (Jack Thompson) quotes from in the film was from the Prince of Morocco in Act 2, Scene 1 from "The Merchant of Venice". Petersen quotes: "Mislike me not for my complexion, The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd sun, To whom I am a neighbour and near bred. Bring me the fairest creature northward born, Where Phoebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, And let us make...".
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The picture was particularly controversial for its depiction of a rape sequence which occurs during the film's third act.
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