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A Matter of Convenience (1987)

Set and mainly shot on location in St Kilda of the late 1980s, this is a loving evocation of a time and environment that may have slipped away. Valma, verging on midlife, wants a baby with ... See full summary »

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Valma
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Alphonse Toronto
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Kym Amad ...
Fadya
Dalibor Satalic ...
Zoltan
Adriana Frosi-Petersen ...
Mrs. Toronto
Cliff Ellen ...
Chicken Man
Nick Lathouris ...
Tom Galacci (as Nicos Lathouris)
Marion Heathfield ...
Elizabeth Taylor
Stephen Parratt ...
Pritchard
Kirk Alexander ...
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Roger Purvis
Stephen Sculley
George Kapiniaris
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Set and mainly shot on location in St Kilda of the late 1980s, this is a loving evocation of a time and environment that may have slipped away. Valma, verging on midlife, wants a baby with her partner Joe, who is a gentle, loving and well-meaning wannabe writer, but who has had absolutely no success in achieving self-sustainability, and is far from a good prospect as a reliable father. Even when he tries really hard, he finds himself in the job from hell ('a chicken factory? - is that where they make chickens?'). Alphonse is a 'businessman' who has 'a new business every year'. This year his main income comes from arranging 'marriages of convenience' ("when was marriage ever convenient??" - Alphonse) to help new immigrants fast-track to Australian residency and citizenship. Usually, Alphonse arranges 'marriages' between otherwise unmarriable immigrant women and gay Australian men - the latter because "there is no risk of funny business", and who are paid for their husbandry until the ... Written by jcarroll-5 (jcarroll@pcug.org.au)

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Confident script about arranged marriage with an ending that will surprise and please.
13 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

When most films with wedding themes travel a well-worn track, A Matter of Convenience offers something new. John Clarke's contribution to this TV movie is the clincher. A dry wit, great script writer, and assured actor, Clarke adds a puzzled 'everyman' aspect to this charming production. His dilemma is enticing, and the story's denouement is offbeat but pleasing. Compare the plot to such clunkers as The Bachelor and you can see where the characterisations in this film offer more realistic and touching aspects to the situation of marriages of convenience. There is humour and a range of quirky but recognisable characters nudging the main players to make decisions about the true nature of their relationships. A Matter of Convenience questions us about temptation, in the form of money and romance/sex, but comes up trumps with acute observations on love and commitment. Find this show!


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