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A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Martin ...
Dr. Plonk (as Nigel Lunghi)
Paul Blackwell ...
Paulus
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Mrs. Plonk
Wayne Anthoney ...
Prime Minister Stalk
Phoebe Paterson de Heer ...
Maltreated Maid
Bogdan Koca ...
Knock-Down Policeman
Quentin Kenihan ...
Man on Trolley
Sam Brooks ...
Chauffeur & Busking Clown
Celine O'Leary ...
Park Bench Woman
Joey Kennedy ...
Park Bench Woman
Joanna McGovern ...
Park Bench Woman
Jeff Lang ...
Irascible Old Man / City Policeman
Joshua Jaeger ...
Botanic Gardens Policeman
Pip Schapel ...
Hippy Girl
Chris Farrant ...
Dog Walker
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A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition.

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The film was originally going to be shot using an original hand-wound silent movie camera. However, this was prevented due to technical problems. Old cameras are not able to process modern film stock so a modern camera was used. However, the earliest film lenses would not fit a modern camera so later lenses were used. However, the director was able to achieve some silent movie filmmaking technique: a hand-cranking mechanism could be adapted to a modern camera. See more »

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Dr. Plonk ain't no Chaplin
15 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dr. Plonk is a silent black and white comedy along the lines of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin films. The story follows Dr. Plonk and his lazy drunken assistant Paulus, who in 1907 discover the world is going to end in the year 2008 and travel to the future to bring back proof when nobody believes them. For authenticity the film was shot with a hand crank camera using traditional techniques like under-cranking for the filming of chase sequences. While the film is entertaining, and features some fine acting (though the dog really steals the show in this department), what the film does most is remind everyone about how great and inimitable the masters like Keaton and Chaplin were. As an example, given a plot that brings a character from the year 1907 into the future to the year 2007, you'd think there would be some clever and unforgettable visual gags they could pull, poking fun at the absurdity of modern life. Instead, Plonk teleports into the future into such humdrum environments like abandoned warehouses and railway yards where the main gag is rather unimaginative Keystone cops type chase sequences. All in all it feels very much like a film school project, with a lot of homage to classic films, and very little genuine creativity.


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