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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First film for actress Alice Garner. See more »

Quotes

Javo: What's going on with you and Martin?
Nora: Did he say something to you?
Javo: He thinks you're getting sick of him.
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Featured in Aqua Profonda (2004) See more »

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Girlfriends
Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
Performed by The Divinyls
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Stunning acting
3 February 2002 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Noni Hazlehurst's tour-de-force performance (which won her an AFI award) is at least on par with her effort in FRAN three years later. Colin Friels is also good, and, for those who are interested, Alice Garner appears as Noni's child, and Michael Caton (best known for THE CASTLE) is a bearded painter. (Also interestingly, Hazlehurst is currently the host of lifestyle program BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, and Caton is the host of property-type programs including HOT PROPERTY, HOT AUCTION, etc...) This film reaffirms the popularly-held belief that Noni was arguably Australia's top female actor during the early-to-mid 1980s. Rating: 79/100.


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