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The Story of Making the Film They're a Weird Mob (1966)

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Documentary about the making of the film "They're a Weird Mob" about an Italian adjusting to life in Australia.


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Credited cast:
Ed Devereaux ...
Himself - presenter
Dennis Hill ...
Himself - director of documentary
Peter Menzies ...
Himself - filming the documentary
John O'Grady ...
Himself (interviewed)
Michael Powell ...
Himself - Director of 'They're a Weird Mob'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Arthy ...
Herself (interviewed)
Walter Chiari ...
Himself (interviewed)
Slim DeGrey ...
Jeanie Drynan ...
Claire Dunne ...
Herself (interviewed)
Chips Rafferty ...
Himself (interviewed)
Gita Rivera ...


This documentary treats comedy fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of They're a Weird Mob, an Australian film about an Italian man who arrives in Sydney to work at his cousin's magazine, only to discover that the job no longer exists and he cannot understand what any of the locals are saying. Features interviews with the cast and crew of the film who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Cutting-edge 'making of' documentary.
2 August 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

This documentary which comes as an extra on the restored DVD of 'They're a Weird Mob' is quite unlike the 'making of' clones we see served up in the 21st century. We begin with the arrival of Michael Powell - literally - as he steps off the plane at Mascot, Sydney. Ed D, actor and narrator, takes us around the areas to be used as locations. We see screen tests, camera set ups, meet John O'Grady, original author of the book and see cast and crew clown around on Bondi Beach. This is in fact cutting-edge in the days before 'making of' documentaries were the norm. The film, made for TV, has been partially restored itself and is a 'must-see' for anyone thinking of moving into the industry, even though it was filmed over 35 years ago.

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