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20 March 1992 (USA) See more »
Before love comes trust. Before trust comes proof. See more »
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Unique, low-key, quirky fun that defies an easy classification; it's all about "proof" of experience and reliance on each other's honesty See more (42 total) »


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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 Daniele ... Hoon
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

Directed by
Jocelyn Moorhouse 
Writing credits
Jocelyn Moorhouse (written by)

Produced by
Lynda House .... produced by
Original Music by
Not Drowning Waving (original music by)
Cinematography by
Martin McGrath (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ken Sallows (film editor)
Casting by
Gregory Apps (casting) (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
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
Location Management
Mim Tsantis .... location assistant (as Mimika Tsantis)
Music Department
Russel Bradley .... original music producer
David Bridie .... original music producer
Tim Cole .... original music producer
Brian May .... music score: "Blood Moon" by
Rowan McKinnon .... original music producer
Helen Mountfort .... original music producer
Not Drowning Waving .... original music producer
John Phillips .... original music by: Not Drowning, Waving
James Southall .... original music by: 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
Anne Went .... continuity
Matthew Apps .... with thanks to
Ann Brown .... with thanks to: Hill & Parkinson
Teresa Bruno .... with thanks to: Zia Theresa Restaurant (as Theresa Bruno)
Elizabeth Creese .... with thanks to
Brent Franklin .... with thanks to
Dowie Hogan .... with thanks to
P.J. Hogan .... with thanks to (as Paul)
Nita Johns .... with thanks to
Ollie O'Donnell .... with thanks to
Cristina Pozzan .... with thanks to
Keith Walton .... with thanks to
Trevor Welby .... with thanks to
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for sensuality and some language
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 »
Factual errors: The first time Martin enters his house, he gets surprised by Celia sitting and making a noise. However, since she is smoking, he could have smelled the smoke as soon as he had opened the door. Later in the movie, he is suggested to have a pretty sensitive nose for a perfume a lady is wearing in the veterinarian's office.See more »
Martin:Why don't you tell me where we are?
Celia:It's a surprise. You'll love it. You'll wish you'd brought your camera with you. Then you could have taken a photograph and shown it to your little friend - the one who describes things to you.
Martin:You leave Andy out of this!
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Unique, low-key, quirky fun that defies an easy classification; it's all about "proof" of experience and reliance on each other's honesty, 9 May 2004
Author: Dilip Barman ( from Durham, NC (USA)

I just watched on video "Proof", a 1991 film from Australia that seemed like it would be a comedy about a blind man who takes pictures to "prove" the experiences he has had in life. This film was many things - unique, subtle, intriguing, and a very interesting look at the psychology of human interaction - but I fail to see how it was a "comedy", not that that at all detracts from this good film!

The main character, Martin (Hugo Weaving; flashback scenes from when he was perhaps eight or nine years old played by Jeffrey Walker) is blind from birth and, though it isn't really explained how, develops a distrust of people, including his Mother (Heather Mitchell). He starts taking pictures to prove that in fact he is experiencing what others say he is; as an adult, it becomes compulsive.

The problem in "proving" one's experiences in this way is that it relies on a sighted person to detail the pictures, and Martin finds such a trusted friend in Andy (Russell Crowe). Celia (Geneviève Picot) has an unhealthy relationship with Martin, frustrated as his housekeeper who loves him, but who gets only cruel coolness from Martin. In jealousy and anger, she attempts to disrupt the friendship that Martin and Andy have begun.

I liked this quite unique film that really doesn't fit any easy categories, except perhaps as a quirky low-key drama. It was very interesting to have a deep focus on just three characters (and just a few other minor ones, including the guide dog Bill).

To be a little critical, I found it a bit difficult to believe that Martin had such a seemingly unfounded distrust of people, as all of the flashbacks to his childhood seemed to show his Mother loving and not misleading her son. Celia's motivation for love after working for years as Martin's help and nothing more was a little difficult for me to understand. I really liked Andy, but didn't understand his motivation either to so quickly agree to be the photo interpreter and then dive into a friendship.

That said, "Proof" was a pleasure to watch. It was almost surreal in a sense, and quirkily fun to see the characters interact. The film dealt in an interesting way with the principles of honesty and trust. I would like to see the film again soon, and suspect it will be even more interesting in the second viewing.

--Dilip Barman, May 8, 2004

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