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Don's Party (1976)

The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

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Clare Binney ... Susan
Pat Bishop ... Jenny
... Simon
... Kath Henderson
... Don Henderson
... Cooley
... Mack
Veronica Lang ... Jody
Candy Raymond ... Kerry
Kit Taylor ... Evan
John Gorton ... Himself (Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971) (as John Grey Gorton)
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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the election, drink and carry on. Dons wife, Kath sees the party as just more work, while Don sees it as a chance to break his boring routine. The year is 1969 and some of Dons friends have jumped on the bandwagon of sexual freedom and experimentation. However, others at the party are more conservative about their politics and sex, and naturally, arguments break out over politics and fist fights erupt over the seduction of others wives. Written by Lloyd Harris <floyd@idirect.com>

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Actor Graeme Blundell was cast against type playing the repressed conservative character of Simon. Blundell had recently become famous for playing the raunchy ladies man Alvin Purple in The Sex Therapist (1973) and Alvin Rides Again, and Again! And Again! And Again! (1974). See more »

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[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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Featured in Puberty Blues (1981) See more »

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Without You
Written by Billy Green (uncredited)
Sung by Doug Parkinson
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Behind every suburban garden wall...
8 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Don's Party, thankfully, turns more to tears, sex, argument and some painful home truths for this group of Australian suburbanites, in the 1970's. Don uses the General Election results on TV as an excuse to get his mates round, who all have 'interesting' wives.

Like many a similar escapade into the lower echelons of human civility, the sexual innuendos and chauvinism is flowing as fast as the wine and beer and the election results fade from our attention.

It's often hilarious, frequently bitter and with a fair amount of full nudity, male and female, not least of which stems from the "borrowing" of next door neighbour's swimming pool. Bruce Bereford's slinging attack on what everyday people say and do when inhibitions slip is as far a cry from Picnic at Hanging Rock as is possible.

I only use that as a reference because this film is one of the DVDs in my Australian Cinema Collection 12 disc boxed set, as is 'Picnic at...' not because Beresford directed it. Beresford did direct a good number of Australia's most noted films - and not always for their quality, either. However, Don's Party is as good as this sort of adult sex comedy drama gets and could equally be set in the UK, US or indeed, anywhere. It's certainly one of Bruce's best.


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