The King (2007)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  20 May 2007 (Australia)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 211 users  
Reviews: 5 user

The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and ... See full summary »


0Check in
7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Matching Jack (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

Director: Nadia Tass
Stars: Jacinda Barrett, Richard Roxburgh, Tom Russell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The story is about Iris' rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover, McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.

Director: Jonathan Ogilvie
Stars: Rose Byrne, Tyler Coppin, John Batchelor
Dead Europe (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In Greece to scatter his father's ashes, Isaac hears of a curse that hangs over the head of his family. Dismissing the idea, his trip begins to unveil dark truths that forced his father to flee years ago.

Director: Tony Krawitz
Stars: William Zappa, Ewen Leslie, Eugenia Fragos
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.

Director: Richard Roxburgh
Stars: Eric Bana, Franka Potente, Marton Csokas
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An outbreak of avian flu mutates into a virus that becomes transmittable from human to human.

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Joely Richardson, Scott Cohen, Justina Machado
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Meyer
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two best friends confront a local bully and attempt to rescue their dog in this family-friendly adventure based on the beloved book series.

Director: Steve Trenbirth
Stars: Russell Dykstra, Manon Gourlay, Geneviève Lemon
The Cup (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race, brotherly love and the triumph of the human spirit. A true story.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Bryan Martin, Stephen Curry, Jodi Gordon
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence of his father.

Director: Michael Johnson
Stars: Danny DeVito, Isabelle Fuhrman, Virginia Madsen
Stranded II (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Adrift on a raft for weeks, two siblings come to terms with their romantic feelings for one another. But what happens once they have been rescued?

Director: Stuart McDonald
Stars: Emma Lung, Emily Browning, Robert Morgan
Monarch Cove (TV Series 2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After being wrongfully convicted of her father's murder and subsequently spending six years in prison, Bianca Foster (Williams) returns home to a new set of family problems. Determined to ... See full summary »

Stars: Virginia Williams, Kieren Hutchison, Samantha Shelton
End of Town (2006)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A girl stands on a lonely road looking into the distance and into her future.

Director: Julius Avery
Stars: Natasha Leigh, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Brandon Burns


Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Bednall
Garry McDonald ...
Nicky Whitta
Stephen Hall ...
Bert Newton
Todd MacDonald ...
Richard Croft
Norm Spencer
Donal Forde ...
Geoff 'Corkie' Corke
Leo Taylor ...
Monica Maughan ...
Nana Scott
Roz Hammond ...
Kathleen Whitta
Noeline Brown
Beth Buchanan ...
Val Wesley


The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and back to TV again. But against this backdrop of professional success it also tracks Kennedy's personal tragedies - the loneliness, the unrealised ambitions and the terrible pressures of being Australia's first homegrown superstar in the 1950s and 60s. But The King is not just about a man - it's also the story of the birth of television, a cultural phenomenon that has helped define a nation, and make us who we are today. Written by Grundy Television/FremantleMedia

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama





Release Date:

20 May 2007 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


AUD 2,100,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


| (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Bernard Curry plays one of Stephen Curry's love interests in the film. In real life they are brothers See more »


After Graham gets into his car and tells his driver he might have a quiet night in, the vehicle proceeds round a corner, briefly revealing a lighting tower and several crew members in the background. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very disappointing.
26 May 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was exceptionally disappointed with this film.

I have absolutely no qualms with the makers of the movie portraying Graham Kennedy as a troubled person, but the entire movie had a sombre, depressing, almost dour tone.

The lighting and the music were intentionally dull, dreary and heavy, and there were very few scenes from Kennedy's hilarious shows and skits. Why the director has chosen this approach is beyond me, when one considers that the overriding atmosphere that Kennedy created way joyous and light. As I say, no issue with portraying Kennedy as they did, but to make the whole movie a downer...I didn't enjoy that.

There was virtually no exploration of the personal relationships between Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton or Noeline Brown. There was minimal insight into why Graham was the way he was portrayed in the movie. For a character and era about which so much is already known, this movie did not provide ANY enlightenment or new information. I found there to be very little depth to the movie.

A pity really, because the subject of the film was/is so powerful and interesting,it should have led to a truly memorable movie.

Stephen Curry's performance was magnificent. Just a great shame that he wasn't give MUCH more to work with.

Some minor points, when films have to "trick" certain scenes up with lighting, eg. The scene where Kennedy is being offered Blankety Blanks, you know they're in trouble. Also no mention of "Travelling North" or of "Coast to Coast" in which Graham Kennedy was brilliant.

I only gave the movie 5 out of 10 because the subject matter was so excellent.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did anyone else find it creepy... Doovie-2
I cannot wait to see this... eamo
Online? mkj13
Discuss The King (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: