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Demonstrator (1971) Poster

(1971)

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This is the first and only ever theatrical feature film directed by Warwick Freeman who had previously worked in television.
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This film was shot during September 1970.
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Reportedly, this picture's $300,000 (Australian) budget was financed by businessmen investors in the Australian Capital Territory.
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Over three thousand extras appeared as silent protesters in the demonstration sequence outside the Academy of Science.
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This film was based on actual events.
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The nationality of the main Asian political character of Thao Kimalayo (Kenneth Tsang) is not given.
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Then Prime Minister of Australia John Gorton asked the agencies and departments of his Commonwealth Government to assist in the making of this film but without exercising any direct expenditure.
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This is one of few Australian theatrical feature films that has been completely or predominantly filmed in the Australian nation's capital city of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.
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Slim DeGrey, playing a fictional Australian Prime Minister, Alexander Gurney, actually resembled the then Australian Prime Minister John Gorton.
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This film was conceived by its filmmakers as being "apolitical".
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Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang was imported to star in this Australian film.
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John Gorton, then Prime Minister of Australia, did not appear in this political drama, but Gorton did later appear in the political comedy Don's Party (1976) where he appeared as himself.
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Publicity for this movie promulgated the need for a viable commercial Australian film industry.
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Demonstrator extras were played by university students from Canberra's Australian National University (ANU). Also as background artists, ANU Students also played delegates at the conference.
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Australian movie posters ran with the preamble: "Canberra . . . scene of a vital conference to strengthen Australia's relations with South-East Asia . . . student unrest and violent demonstrations . . . a man's political career at stake . . . only his son can save it!" and "She was in favour of co-existence with Asia. The Defence Minister's career was threatened by his own son!".
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'TV Guide' said that this movie was "One of the first Australian films employing almost entirely native actors that had a potential international market."
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The launch of this movie hosted dual black-tie premieres held in Sydney and Canberra.
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This film featured four demonstrations. The first is held outside the Fairbairn Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Air Base, the second at an official banquet at the Albert Hall, the third at a conference held at the Academy of Science and the fourth at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Military Army assisted this film production. They supplied a BAC-111 Aircraft, a RAAF guard of Honor and the Duntroon military band, all for the sequence staged at the Fairbairn Air Base.
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Publicity for this movie stated that it examined the "generation gap".
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Second theatrical feature film role for Gerard Maguire after You Can't See 'round Corners (1969). Publicity for this movie stated that it was Maguire's "first major movie starring role".
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This movie was potentially considered a launching pad for an Australian film industry placing Australia on the international movie map.
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Many of the police seen in the film were off-duty policeman from the Australian Capital Territory.
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The production shoot for this film went for six weeks.
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Director Warwick Freeman has told of this film's development at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image: "Freeman Fishburn, the producers (Warwick Freeman and Jim Fishburn [James Fishburn]), were approached by David Brice, then a newsreader with CTC7 in Canberra. David had optioned a book by Don [Don Campbell] and Elizabeth Campbell and came armed with a trio of ACT Solicitors who would raise funding. Act One (The Fund) was formed and FFI (Freeman Fishburn International) was commissioned to make Demonstrator (1971)."
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This is the only ever film made by production company Freeman-Fishburn International.
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Though completely filmed in Australia, this movie's sound and soundtrack was mixed and post-produced in Los Angeles at Glenn Glenn Sound.
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About six minutes after the sound post-production was completed on this picture in Los Angeles, there was a San Fernando earthquake that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.
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Ex-patriot Australian actress Wendy Lingham returned from London, England to her home country Australia to appear in this film.
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Actor Joe James played a character Joe Slater who had the same first name as his own.
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