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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 movie's lead cast was originally intended to be comprised of people from Australian television. Producer Phillip Adams reasoned that as Australia had not established cinema star system, it would therefore be good to draw the cast from television. Michael Willesee was going to play dentist Evan, Barry Crocker would play Don Henderson, 'Graham Kennedy' would play Mack and 'Paul Hogan' would play Cooley. Due to various reasons (Crocker got injured, Hogan turned it down), the casting of all the TV stars didn't go through except for Kennedy. In a 1994 interview, Kennedy commented how he was the only TV personality left in the cast and was daunted by the fact that he would have to act alongside a group of "real" actors. See more »
After watching and enjoying "Travelling North', I decided to have a go at 'Don's Party'.
I moved to Canberra in 1970 and heard a lot about the play. My impression then was that it dealt with politics as it was set on the night of a Federal election.
I was rather surprised to find that the film was essentially to do with sexual relationships among the various characters.
I don't know if the film was just dated but the characters, except for the dentist, came across as totally unreal.
The arguments seemed totally fabricated. As did the sex. The humour might reflect what happens in a football dressing room but I've never seen anything like it in any party. In fact, it's hard to see why Don would have put together such a bitchy lot of people.
About 3/4 of the way through, I pulled out the DVD and went for a book instead.
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