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Proof -- The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.
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Jocelyn Moorhouse (written by)
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Release Date:
20 March 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Before love comes trust. Before trust comes proof. See more »
Plot:
The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Seductive, compelling, thought-provoking... See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Hugo Weaving ... Martin
Geneviève Picot ... Celia (as Genevieve Picot)

Russell Crowe ... Andy
Heather Mitchell ... Mother

Jeffrey Walker ... Young Martin
Daniel Pollock ... Punk
Frankie J. Holden ... Brian
Frank Gallacher ... Vet

Saskia Post ... Waitress
Belinda Davey ... Doctor
Cliff Ellen ... Cemetery Caretaker
Tania Uren ... Customer
Robert James O'Neill ... Hoon
Anthony Rawling ... Hoon
Darko Tuscan ... Hoon
Adele Danielle ... Hoon (as Adele Daniele)
Roy Edmunds ... 2nd Policeman
Lisa Chambers ... Nurse
Suzanne Chapman ... Chemist Girl
Angela Campbell ... High Heeled Woman
Osvaldo Maione ... Waiter (as Oswaldo Maione)
Carole Patullo ... Kiosk Girl
Corey ... Bill - The Dog
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ... Performers
Nicholas Braithwaite ... Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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Directed by
Jocelyn Moorhouse 
 
Writing credits
Jocelyn Moorhouse (written by)

Produced by
Lynda House .... producer
 
Original Music by
Not Drowning Waving  (as Not Drowning, Waving)
 
Cinematography by
Martin McGrath (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ken Sallows (film editor)
 
Casting by
Gregory Apps  (as Greg Apps)
 
Production Design by
Paddy Reardon  (as Patrick Reardon)
 
Set Decoration by
Dimity Huntington 
 
Makeup Department
Amanda Rowbottom .... make-up and hair
 
Production Management
Catherine Bishop .... production manager (as Catherine 'Tatts' Bishop)
Robert Graham .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Burton .... second assistant director
P.J. Hogan .... second unit director (as Paul J. Hogan)
Tony Mahood .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris James .... standby props
Rebecca O'Brien .... art department runner
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Steve Burgess .... sound mixer
Lloyd Carrick .... sound recordist
Lloyd Carrick .... sound recordist: second unit
Sue Clancy .... assistant dubbing editor
Chris Goldsmith .... boom
Gerry Long .... foley artist
Glenn Newnham .... dubbing editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Paul Pirola .... foley recordist
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Eugene Winston .... sound transfers
 
Visual Effects by
Colin Tyler .... opticals
 
Stunts
Chris Anderson .... stunt co-ordinator: New Generation Stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bowering .... camera 1: second unit
Justin Brickle .... camera assistant: second unit
Johnny Earthmover .... best boy
Mark Gilfedder .... gaffer
Noel Jones .... camera 2: second unit
Warik Lawrance .... clapper/loader
Brett McDowell .... key grip
Calum McFarlane .... focus puller
Jennifer Mitchell .... stills photographer
Daryl Pearson .... best boy
Brendan Read .... electric trainee
Ian Sheath .... rostrum camera
John Tate .... grip
Roger Van Wensveen .... camera 3: second unit
 
Casting Department
Kelly O'Shea .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kerri Mazzocco .... wardrobe (as Ccerri Barnett)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Cross .... negative matching
Maria Kaltenthaler .... assistant film editor
Tim Morgan .... colour grading
Rowan Wilson .... negative matching
 
Music Department
Russel Bradley .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
David Bridie .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
Tim Cole .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
Brian May .... music score: "Blood Moon" by
Rowan McKinnon .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
Helen Mountfort .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
Not Drowning Waving .... music producer
John Phillips .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
James Southall .... musician: Not Drowning, Waving
 
Other crew
Ian Anderson .... laboratory liaison
Russell Boyd .... production/unit runner
Mandy Carter .... production accountant: Moneypenny Services
Keith Fish .... caterer: Food For Film
Kristina Frolich .... caterer: Food For Film
Tony Leonard .... insurance: Steeves Lumley
Angie Limoncelli .... casual assistant
Jakki Mann .... production co-ordinator
Bryce Menzies .... legal consultant: Roth Warren & Menzies
Mez O'Brien .... casual assistant
Arch Roberts .... safety officer
Oliver Streeton .... title design
Mim Tsantis .... location assistant (as Mimika Tsantis)
Anne Went .... continuity
 
Thanks
Matthew Apps .... thanks
Ann Brown .... thanks: Hill & Parkinson
Teresa Bruno .... thanks: Zia Theresa Restaurant (as Theresa Bruno)
Elizabeth Creese .... thanks
Brent Franklin .... thanks
Dowie Hogan .... thanks
P.J. Hogan .... thanks (as Paul)
Nita Johns .... thanks
Ollie O'Donnell .... thanks
Cristina Pozzan .... thanks
Keith Walton .... thanks
Trevor Welby .... thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality and some language
Runtime:
86 min | USA:90 min (DVD)
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Because his character, Andy, and Hugo Weaving's character, Martin, are supposed to be best mates, Russell Crowe set out to become good mates with Weaving by trying to share common interests. He would soon discover the only common interest they have together is that they are both huge fans of "Doctor Who" (1963).See more »
Quotes:
[confronts Martin after leaving restaurant]
Andy:You may be blind, but you still have to pay for what you ate.
Martin:I ate nothing. My meal never arrived.
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Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 5 in C MinorSee more »

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41 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Seductive, compelling, thought-provoking..., 12 October 2002
Author: tintinnabulationess from USA

This deliciously enticing bit of cinema from Down Under revolves around the activities of three people: A mistrustful blind man, a desperate, love-hungry woman, a misguided young man, and what happens when these three paths intersect.

Martin is a misanthropic blind man, whose unshakable mistrust of humanity compels him to compulsively take photographs of everything around him. So deeply-rooted is his paranoia that he believes his own mother rejected him because of his handicap, and so deceived him in her descriptions of the world. Martin took a picture--his first--of a garden his mother customarily described to him, as evidence that she had lied.

Martin's paranoia that anyone might be lying to him has shaped the rest of his life, growing up to become uncompromising and fiercely independent. He behaves callously in his only human interaction--with his rancorous housekeeper, Celia. Celia is obsessively, possessively in love with Martin. But their relationship is a prickly one, marked with cruelty and malice on both parts. Martin, aware of Celia's desire for him, uses the knowledge as a weapon--tormenting her by keeping her on, but rebuffing her attempts. In return, Celia spitefully rearranges the furniture so Martin will run into it and exploits his dependency on her to boost her own ego.

Years later, Martin is still a photographer, but now he wants someone he can trust to describe his first photo to him, thus giving him the 'proof' of a long-dead mother's love.

This someone happens to be Andy, a dishwasher at a local restaurant. But when Andy threatens to become too great an influence in Martin's life, Celia, feeling her territory has been violated, sets out to discredit Andy--using her sexuality to control both men.

"Proof" could all so easily have slipped into melodramatic theatrics, but the film skips nimbly along the line, managing to evade all potential traps. Most of the credit is due to the adroit, agile script and the outstanding performances from the cast.

Jocelyn Moorhouse, the film's director and writer, has the innate gift of comprehending, capturing, and conveying the human condition so aptly, so that the audience is deftly drawn into these characters' lives. The film doesn't rely on a contrived plot to induce interest; these ordinary characters are intrinsically fascinating simply because of who they are.

The acting is superb, making for a fabulous ensemble piece. Hugo Weaving renders a thoughtful performance as Martin, convincingly portraying a man who has closed himself off so effectively against the possibility that he might get hurt, that he has cut off the possibility of feeling. Genevieve Picot is likewise excellent, marvelously calculating, yet vulnerable as Celia. And Russel Crowe radiates an already unmistakable and irresistible charisma on-screen in this early role as Andy. His easy-going, honest, bloke-next-door charm is utterly appealing--a far cry from later roles in "L.A. Confidential" and "Gladiator", showing his incredible acting range.

This diabolically clever, enormously witty, and refreshingly original film can be hilariously funny at some times, genuinely heart-rending at others, and an all-round brilliant bit of cinema. Well-worth a look.

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