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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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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In early 1979, development of this film was postponed due to problems with financing. During the interim, this film's producer Patricia Lovell produced Gallipoli (1981). See more »


Martin: What's up? You worried about us living in the same house?
Nora: I just want it quote clear that we're not moving into this house as a couple.
Martin: We have our own rooms. That will establish us separately. Own dressing gowns, muesli, toothbrushes.
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Referenced in Aqua Profonda (2004) See more »


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Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
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Read the Book!
31 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I definitely recommend reading the book prior to watching the film. This book won National Book Council Award in 1978 and is a very gripping read (pun not intended). It's not too difficult to read for those out there that don't read often so don't be afraid! The book seems to capture the passion of the relationships more so than the movie and the movie will make more sense after reading the book. Having grown up in Melbourne I could really relate to this book and movie. Very few Australian female writers were around the in the 70's therefore very little is documented about the way of life for a women in an urban city in Australia during this era or class. It's a precious piece of Melbourne history. It's a shame that it is documented as some sort of 80's soft porn movie. It's far from that and as the other reviewer has mentioned please do not read the DVD jacket, it does not represent what the movie is about at all. Those that rent the movie based on this description will only be disappointed. Just remember this movie was made in 1982, so don't expect the Hollywood over dramatization that they seem to incorporate these days. This is what I like about it. It's also great seeing Noni Hazlehurst in this role, she is just fantastic as Nora and it's great watching her really acting, for if you're close to my age you will best remember her for her stints on Playschool and Better Homes and Gardens. Who knew she hid this talent? This movie will give you an entirely new impression of her. A classic Australian Story!

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