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1 January 1987 (USA) See more »
The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Hutchence ... Sam

Saskia Post ... Anna
Nique Needles ... Tim
Deanna Bond ... The Girl
Tony Helou ... Luchio

Chris Haywood ... Chainsaw man
Peter Walsh ... Anthony
Laura Swanson ... Clare
Adam Briscomb ... Grant
Sharon Jessop ... Leanne
Edward Clayton-Jones ... Nick
Martii Coles ... Mark
Chuck Meo ... Charles
Caroline Lee ... Jenny
Fiona Latham ... Barbara
Stephanie Johnson ... Erica
Gary Foley ... Barry
Glenys Osborne ... Lisa
Alannah Hill ... Anna's girlfriend
Robyn McLellan ... Anna's girlfriend
Troy Davies ... Skinhead / Leanne's brother
John Murphy ... Leanne's brother
Owen Roberson ... Leanne's brother
Helena Phillips ... Stacey
Kelly Hoare ... Chainsaw woman
Robyn Lowenstein ... Chainsaw baby
Robert Ratti ... The Dealer
Barbara Jungwirth ... Sam's Mother
Beamish Elliot ... Hardcore Hippie
Noel Pennington ... Policeman
Ted Fahrner ... Policeman
Michelle Bennett ... Grant's Girl

Lian Lunson ... Grant's Girl
George Maleckas ... Crazy George
Hugo Race ... Pierre
Joe Camilleri ... Terry Towling Man
Liz Meyers ... Sales Person
Tim McLaughlan ... Sales Person
Lillian Wilson ... Mount Waverley Mum
Emma de Clario ... Champion Girl (as Emma Di Clario)
Sybil Gibb ... Champion Girl
Helen Gianeysky ... TV Interviewer
Jean Osborne

Gavin Wood ... Himself - Countdown Announcer (voice)
Martha Butler
Harriet Freeman
Kelly Gallagher
Angela Howard
Tim Millikan
Marie Hoy
Sarah Newsome
Ollie Olsen ... Bowie Fan
Miriam Smith
Miles Standish

Noah Taylor ... Bowie Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Doherty
Mandy Kennedy ... Bowie fan
Leo Schultz ... Man in the street
Brooke Andrew ... Drummer (uncredited)
Anthony C. Francis ... Uncredited (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lowenstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Lowenstein  written by

Produced by
Robert Le Tet .... executive producer
Glenys Rowe .... producer
Dennis Wright .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Hutchence 
Cinematography by
Andrew de Groot 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
Art Direction by
Jody Borland 
Costume Design by
Karen Ansell 
Lynn-Maree Milburn  (as Lynn-Marie Milburn)
Makeup Department
Troy Davies .... makeup artist
Carolyn Nott .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lynda House .... production manager
John Kearney .... executive in charge of production
Kim Lewis .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Grinder .... second assistant director
Ross Hamilton .... first assistant director
Margot Saloman .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steven Jones-Evans .... art department buyer
Chris Kennedy .... set dresser
MacGregor Knox .... stand-by props
Steven Meier .... props
Sound Department
Tim Chau .... sound editor
Peter Clancy .... sound engineer
Bruce Emery .... sound mixer
Dean Gawen .... sound editor (as Dean Gawden)
Dean Gawen .... sound recordist (as Dean Gawden)
Dean Gawen .... sound supervisor (as Dean Gawden)
Steve Lambeth .... sound editor
John Murphy .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Stephen Vaughan .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jeff Little .... special effects
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Peter Stubbs .... special effects
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunts
Marijke Rikki van Gyen .... stunt performer (as Rikki Van Gyen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Mandy Walker .... clapper loader
Music Department
Ross Cockle .... music score engineer
Bruce Milne .... music researcher
Ollie Olsen .... musical director
Other crew
Tony Ayres .... attachment: Film Victoria
Jakki Mann .... production coordinator
Sam Sejavka .... script consultant
Sue Stephens .... production coordinator
Robert Abboud .... thanks
Nick Cave .... thanks
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum .... thanks

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2009) | UK:18 | USA:R

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The film takes place in 1978.See more »
Anachronisms: At one point, a cover for the Marvel Comics title "The Thing" is seen tacked up on the notice board. That series wasn't published until 1983, and the specific issue cover seen was published in 1985 - several years after the events of the movie.See more »
Tim:Better watch out, Sammy. You'll get healthy eating all that crap.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features My Man Godfrey (1936)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the great films about modern youth, 5 July 2004
Author: LewisJForce ( from Wolverhampton, England

'Dogs in Space' pretty much seems to have disappeared over the years. My widescreen copy was taped off Channel 4 in the early 90's, and I'm pretty sure this was the last British terrestrial screening. Which is a real shame, because its a fantastic film. Written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, maker of the excellent 'Strikebound' and promos for INXS and U2, its an apparently semi-autobiographical piece about the various dwellers of, and visitors to, a rather decrepit squat in late 70's Melbourne.

For those who might be put off by Lowenstein's corporate rock pedigree, fear not. The film avoids modish stylisation in favour of a rather free-wheeling, Altmanesque approach to construction and character development. The viewer is left to decipher dialogue and make connections for themselves.

The piece is beautifully photographed and edited, and makes wonderful use of the 'steadicam' camera mount. Only at the very end does Lowenstein indulge himself in promo-style picture-making to sell the tie-in single 'Rooms for the memory'. And presumably give his otherwise pretty uncompromising vision some commercial lustre.

As with Altman's best work, the guiding hand is detached but compassionate. The characters are all fiercely idiosyncratic individuals, often infuriating and shallow. But they are never mocked. Instead we see that their silliness is often merely a result of an attempt to either forge uniqueness or merely belong, and as such it often attains a strange nobility.

At the films heart, though, lies a discernible disillusionment with, and subtle but pointed criticism of, the reality of the 'punk revolution'. Its most voluble proponents are shown to be either mouthpiece middle class drop-outs or confused, neglected teenagers. And its socio-political effect negligible.

Michael Hutchence's presence (again, presumably largely a commercial consideration) is rather subversively integrated into this schema. He is cast as a pretty but vain, self-obsessed and generally unlikeable singer Sam, whose outwardly anarchistic stance barely conceals a ruthless careerism. Sam is also witty illustration of the fact that punk inevitably existed off the graces of the bourgeois. He has his mother turn up at the squat with a freshly cooked meal and clean clothes while all the other residents are out. Again, though, the effect is wry rather than bile-drenched.

'Dogs' is well-acted by a cast of mostly never-heard-from-agains. The ubiquitous but brilliant Chris Haywood appears briefly to deliver a heartfelt eulogy to a chainsaw. It employs an excellent soundtrack, and special note should be made of the remarkable sound-mix.

It's an evocative, atmospheric snapshot of a sub-culture founded on both vainglorious naivete and admirable, rebellious individuality.

Deserves a deluxe, restored, fully stereophonic, all-bells-and-whistles DVD at the very least.

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