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Monkey Grip (1982) Poster

(1982)

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This movie was made and released about five years after Helen Garner's source novel 'Monkey Grip' was first published in 1977.
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Appearing in this film, actress Alice Garner, was the daughter of the film's source novelist, Helen Garner. As the novel was auto-biographical, the film therefore is at least partially biographical for Alice Garner.
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Doc Neeson, singer from the Australian rock band The Angels, was originally cast in the lead role of Javo. Neeson screen tested for this part and according to director Ken Cameron, gave a good performance. Neeson withdrew from the film when his rock group The Angels were offered a lucrative international tour about two to three weeks prior to principal photography starting. The role was re-cast with Colin Friels.
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The rock band seen in the film was The Divinyls who played their own songs and pretty much played themselves. The inclusion of the band was instrumental in the film appealing to a youth audience and providing the movie with a popular soundtrack and soundtrack album. Band singer Christina Amphlett even had a supporting role in the film playing Angela.
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First theatrical feature film directed by Ken Cameron. It's his third if one counts Cameron's two 50 minute short-features Out of It (1977) and Temperament Unsuited (1979) as features.
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Actress Noni Hazlehurst, who plays the lead role of Nora, was originally interviewed for the supporting role of Angela (which was played by Christina Amphlett).
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First lead starring role in a feature film for actress Noni Hazlehurst.
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Breakthrough film role for actress Noni Hazlehurst.
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First lead starring role in a feature film for actor Colin Friels.
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Breakthrough film role for actor Colin Friels.
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Actor Michael Caton sports a mustache in this movie.
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This film was nominated for 5 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards including Best Film, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Alice Garner. The film one just the one AFI Award and that was for Best Actress for Noni Hazlehurst.
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First film for actress Alice Garner.
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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.
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According to the DVD Documentary, many of the crew who worked on this movie had never worked on a feature film before.
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Noni Hazlehurst received top / first billing, Colin Friels received second billing and Harold Hopkins received third billing.
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Reportedly, director Ken Cameron's salary on this picture was $45,000 (Australian).
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Colin Friels was an unknown actor when he starred in this movie.
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This film was made and released around the same time as Winter of Our Dreams (1981), another Australian film that examined a human relationship within a background of a drug culture.
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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).
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