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Duet for Four (1982) Poster

(1982)

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This movie's working titles were 'The Toy Man', 'Four-Handed Duet' and 'Partners'.
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Reportedly, playwright David Williamson originally wrote the film script for this movie in just eight days.
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The home of Margot Mason (Diane Cilento) featured prominently in this film is actually the the heritage-listed Victorian farmhouse which now forms part of the Heide Art Gallery and Museum of Modern Art. The house was once owned by Melbourne identities John Reid and Sunday Reid.
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Australian theatrical feature film debut of Australian born actress Diane Cilento whose previous work for almost thirty years had all been outside of Australia. However, Cilento's Australian film debut had been in Big Toys (1980), a tele-movie made about a couple of years earlier.
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This movie represents an instance where a character in the film has the same name of a real life celebrity. Michael Preston plays Ray Martin in this film which is the same name of well-known Australian television journalist Ray Martin.
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This film was directed by Tim Burstall whose family were also involved in other key crew roles. Burstall's sons Dan Burstall and Tom Burstall acted as the film's cinematographer and co-producer respectively.
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Final theatrically released Australian film for actor Michael Preston.
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Fifth and final collaboration of writer David Williamson and director Tim Burstall. Their previous works together had been Stork (1971), one of the episodes ("The Child") in Libido (1973), Petersen (1974), Eliza Fraser (1976)
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This film marked the return to on-screen acting of Michael Pate after a gap of about six years. Apart from narrating The Battle of Broken Hill (1981), Pate worked behind the camera writing and producing The Mango Tree (1977) and Tim (1979) as well as directing the latter.
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Reportedly, writer David Williamson first wrote the screenplay for this picture seven years earlier in 1975 after the success of his work on Petersen (1974), a movie also directed by this film's director Tim Burstall. Alternatively, Williamson has claimed that he was twenty-nine when he first wrote it, which dates its creation at 1971.
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Writer David Williamson once said of this film: "[The film's director] Tim Burstall said to me, 'Do a script on mid-life crisis.' Well, I was twenty-nine at the time, so that was a bit difficult, plus I was pushed for time, so I rattled out this script in about eight days".
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Reportedly, the Australian distributor Roadshow rejected this original screenplay for this film and when the picture got made they were not the film's distributors.
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When this movie went into production and was being filmed, it was known under the title 'Partners'.
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Previously known during production as 'Partners', an American comedy movie made around the same time, Partners (1982), actually had the same title.
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Third and final of three theatrical movies that actress Wendy Hughes made with producer-director Tim Burstall. The first was Petersen (1974) whilst the second was High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977).
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