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End Play (1976) Poster

(1976)

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During scenes at the local picture-house, posters of A Clockwork Orange (1971) adorn the theater but based on what the characters view and what is mentioned as showing, A Clockwork Orange (1971) is not a film that is actually playing at that cinema.
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The production shoot on this movie went for five and a half weeks.
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First theatrical feature film for actor John Waters who had previously worked in television.
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This film is one of two Australian movies made during the mid 1970s and early 1980s that featured as its storyline the murder by a serial killer of women in rural Australia. The other film was Road Games (1981).
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This movie was actor John Waters' first of five theatrical films in three years. The others were Eliza Fraser (1976), Summerfield (1977), The Getting of Wisdom (1977) and Weekend of Shadows (1978).
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George Mallaby received top / first billing, John Waters received second billing for the film. This is also the case for Australian DVD covers though original theatrical material reversed this billing.
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This film was made and released about three to four years after its source Russell Braddon novel 'End Play' was first published in 1972.
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The source Russell Braddon novel 'End Play' was actually set in England but this setting was relocated to Victoria, Australia for this film.
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This film went into development and production when script development on Tim Burstall's other project Eliza Fraser (1976) got delayed.
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This movie was the sixth 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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This movie was filmed between December 1974 and January 1975.
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Debuting in cinemas just after Christmas 1975 and at the beginning of January 1976, this film actually wasn't released theatrically until almost a year after principal photography had been completed in January 1975.
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This movie was cast with two leads who had been very well known to Australian audiences at the time from appearing in successful Australian television series. George Mallaby had been starring in Homicide (1964) and The Box (1974) whilst John Waters had been starring in Rush (1974).
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Australian theatrical movie posters featured the blurbs: "The last chilling piece falls into place in END PLAY. It's a heart stopping experience in the Hitchcock tradition" and "It's a great night's entertainment as the plot fits together like a jigsaw puzzle . . . right up until the last piece falls into place".
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Though this Australian film was based on an English novel called 'End Play', it's author, Russell Braddon, was actually Australian-born.
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Second filmed adaptation of a novel by author Russell Braddon. The first was Night of the Lepus (1972) made and released about four years earlier when the 'End Play' novel was first published. Other adaptations include Nancy Wake (1987) also starring John Waters and Thursday Theatre: Naked Island (1965).
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Writer-director-producer Tim Burstall defended this filmed adaptation of the non-Australian 'End Play' novel by Australian-born Russell Braddon by stating in a press release that the characters had very Australian qualities. Burstall said that the film had "a kind of directness and fairness that . . is unlikely to be found in an English context".
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Though set and filmed in Australia, the homestead seen in the film was designed retaining its English country-house appeal that existed in the source England-set 'End Play' novel.
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The English-like mansion seen in the film was actually filmed at a house in the Melbourne suburb of Berwick in Victoria, Australia.
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In a twist of irony, actor George Mallaby spent the last four years of his life in a wheelchair.
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This film's original script title was 'The Brothers'.
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One of two murder-around-the-house thrillers released in 1976, the other suspense film was The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).
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Cameo 

Delvene Delaney: As a Janine Talbort, a hitchhiker.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Most of the screen time that actress Delvene Delaney is seen in the film, her character is dead and Delaney is portraying a dead body.
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Actress Delvene Delaney, who plays the hitchhiker, only really appears live for one sequence in this film which is at the start. All the rest of her screen time Delaney appears as a corpse. However, Delaney's footage from the film used in the trailer is quite substantial and her appearance in the trailer represents a far greater proportion of screen time in the trailer than she has in comparison to amount of screen time she actually appears in the film in.
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