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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

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Simon
Jeanie Drynan ...
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John Hargreaves ...
Don Henderson
Harold Hopkins ...
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Graham Kennedy ...
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Veronica Lang ...
Jody
Candy Raymond ...
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Kit Taylor ...
Evan
John Grey Gorton ...
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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the election, drink and carry on. Dons wife, Kath sees the party as just more work, while Don sees it as a chance to break his boring routine. The year is 1969 and some of Dons friends have jumped on the bandwagon of sexual freedom and experimentation. However, others at the party are more conservative about their politics and sex, and naturally, arguments break out over politics and fist fights erupt over the seduction of others wives. Written by Lloyd Harris <floyd@idirect.com>

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This movie was nominated for 8 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards including Best Film and two for Best Actress: (Jeanie Drynan and Pat Bishop). The film won 6 AFI Awards including Best Director (Bruce Beresford), Best Screenplay (David Williamson), Best Sound, and Best Editing. Williamson's writing has been criticized for lacking depth in women characters yet ironically none of the male actors won an AFI Award for this film but two of the actresses did: Veronica Lang for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Pat Bishop for Best Actress. The film won an AFI Award in every category it was nominated for except for Best Film which went to Storm Boy (1976). See more »

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[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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One of the best Williamson movies.
8 August 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews



Perhaps one of the best of Williamson's plays/movies, the story is about an election eve party where the winning side is the wrong one for most of the participants.

The characterization of the drunk middle-aged, middle class, and slightly socialist characters is in my opinion the highlight of the film.

A must see for anyone wanting to understand Australia.


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