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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
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This film only differs slightly from David Williamson's 'Don's Party' stage play and was not substantially "opened-up" for this movie version. Differences included some of the "off-stage" bedroom-scenes of the play adapted into the film. The next-door-neighbor's nude swimming pool sequence was a completely new sequence added to the film and came about by the fact that the property next door to the house where the film was shooting had a swimming pool. See more »
Great Aussie film, funny, real and very fun to watch.
Just watched this "classic" admittedly i had never heard of but was lucky enough to come across it on TCM and was glad that I did. The film is about..well..Don's Party naturally, which is centered around a new election and the ousting of a disliked politician In 1960's Australia. At first the patrons are all well dressed and well behaved but as the booze flows and the music starts to play things begin to take a turn into a sexually charged, fight induced, insult swapping disintegration reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff". The acting is fantastic, the characters a beautiful concoction of different social types that you my find in this world. The film is more of a window into what it may have been like in Australia in those times during the sexual revolution, some characters embracing it fully while others still grasping on to the more conservative values of the past. All in all this movie does have something to say and I found it a very fun couple of hours. Enjoy.
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