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It was actually my XJ6 Jaguar that was blown up in Early Frost (1982),
not Terry's. But yes, Terry was a local Blacktown boy. The reason The
late Guy Doleman was cast was because twenty years earlier he had been
my mentor when I was a young actor. I didn't do him any favours
unfortunately. Terry was not the original director, so as writer was
not responsible for what went wrong. The original director was removed,
and Geoff Brown (co-producer) and I did what we could to fix the
picture. It is to this day the only Australian film to have no
director's credit See David Stratton's book The Great Avacado
Plantation for more detail.
David Hannay, Producer - Early Frost.
I had almost forgotten that this film existed until I saw it pop up as the
midday movie on TV in 1998. The storyline and stars seemed
I remember when this film was being made in Blacktown and there was an
article in the local newspaper about this production at the time. It was
understanding that Terry O'Connor was a local who wrote and directed this
low budget film.( I suspect that David Hannay salvaged and edited the film
as curiously there doesn't appear to be a director's credit on the film.)
was Terry O'Connor's own Jaguar Car which was blown up in East Blacktown
Hotel car park. I was surprised to see veteran actor Guy Doleman from the
"Ipcress File" in the film and wondered how he came to be cast. David
Franklin played a very campy killer, or was he? I was a bit confused as to
whether young Joey was involved in the murders and why the spear gun? Was
me or was there a hint of incest between mother and son at the party. the
film also starred Jon "Sonny" Blake who was tragically injured in a real
life car accident and left permanently brain damaged. Joanne Samuels who
played the girlfriend also played Mad Max's wife in the movie "Mad Max".
Whatever happened to the kid who played Joey or Terry O'Connor?
Although the acting is terrible, my children and I got a kick out of watching this thriller set in and around Blacktown. Most of the actors were from prominent 1970's soap opera's such as the "Restless Years" and "The Young Doctors".
Thankfully, this was David Hannay's one and only try at directing a movie and it's pretty obvious why he never directed a second one (though he seems to be responsible for producing every awful Australian horror movie that ever graced the screen...). This one pretty much spells "S-U-C-K" from start to finish and has nothing, really NOTHING going for it, except maybe a fairly cool scene involving a severed head towards the end... oh, and what an ending it is! Is there anybody out there who understood it? I mean, I know who the killer is (I think I know it...), but I really didn't get how he was related to the goings on... and what's up with that spear gun ??? Please, if you've seen this mess and it made sense to you, MAIL ME !!! Boy, this movie makes me feel so stupid... :(
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