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Explores adultery and jealous fantasies, the end of innocence, the moral and spiritual conflicts of a priest and a nun in love. The stories define the exploration of women and the cultural upheaval of the early 70s.
Source author Jon Cleary did not originally intend to write another novel featuring his Scobie Malone character after "The High Commissioner" (1966). Cleary wanted to write a book involving the then being constructed new Sydney Opera House and felt that another Scobie Malone book would be the way to go about it. That novel was "Helga's Web" (1970) which later was adapted into this 1975 feature film. See more »
A time capsule of 1970s Sydney and Ozploitation Cinema
Sydney shines and is the star of this 1970s Ozploitation detective mystery. Jack Thompson plays Jon Cleary's Scobie Malone investigating the death of a high class prostitute/model at the Sydney Opera house. Scobie lives in a singles apartment complex surrounded by plenty of bare breasted young women lazing by the pool and only too willing to jump into bed with him. We get a tour of the bowels of the Sydney Opera House as one characters is chased by the suspected bad guy down stairs, ladders and endless corridors. (Why didn't she run out the front door?) Jack Thompson plays his role in a cheeky laconic manner and Judy Morris overacts as Helga. Look out for Bryan Brown in a bit part as a uniform cop at the Opera House. This is a time capsule of 1970s Sydney and cinema.
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