A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ...
Nora
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Javo
Alice Garner ...
Gracie
Harold Hopkins ...
Willie
Candy Raymond ...
Lillian
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Clive
Tim Burns ...
Martin
Christina Amphlett ...
Angela
Don Miller-Robinson ...
Gerald
Lisa Peers ...
Rita
Cathy Downes ...
Eve
Justin Ridley ...
Roaster
Pearl Christie ...
Juliet
Vera Plevnik ...
Jessie
Jamie Fonti ...
Ramondo
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A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.

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Loving, hurting, caring, fighting, winning, losing, all part of ... Monkey Grip

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As with the 'Monkey Grip' novel, this film was set in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. However, except for one week's filming there, this film was actually shot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. See more »

Quotes

Nora: [to Javo] Would you like to stay?
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Featured in Aqua Profonda (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Only Lonely
Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
Performed by The Divinyls
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In regards to the comment above about high-quality acting...
11 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie, but I read somewhere that, much to everyone's surprise, Christina Amphlett (lead singer for the Divinyls who also recorded the soundtrack to the film) received a Best Supporting Actress nomination (Aussie Oscars?) for her performance in this film. It's unfortunate that she never acted in another film after that, and that this was her first and last showing. I would have been curious to see what she might have done with an acting career. Particularly since the Divinyls never really got their due respect. :( Anyway, this is definitely on my list to see (if I can find it!) PS - I first saw her perform musically at the US festival in 1983, their debut tour. Amazing!


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