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Mal
Clare Binney ...
Susan
Pat Bishop ...
Jenny
Graeme Blundell ...
Simon
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Kath Henderson
John Hargreaves ...
Don Henderson
Harold Hopkins ...
Cooley
Graham Kennedy ...
Mack
Veronica Lang ...
Jody
Candy Raymond ...
Kerry
Kit Taylor ...
Evan
John Grey Gorton ...
Himself (Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971)
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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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Originally, and during pre-production, British director Jack Lee was going to direct this movie. However, this did not eventuate and Bruce Beresford ended up directing this film. See more »

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[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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She's My Baby
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Great Aussie film, funny, real and very fun to watch.
24 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched a "classic" that i had admittedly never heard of but was lucky enough to come across on TCM. I was really 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 perceivably 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, haymaker throwing, 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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