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The Night, the Prowler (1978)

The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life... See full summary »

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Ruth Cracknell ... Doris Bannister
John Frawley ... Humphrey Bannister
Kerry Walker ... Felicity Bannister
John Derum ... John Galbraith
Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Madge Hopkirk
... The Prowler
Harry Neilson ... Old man
... Dr. Herborn
Robbie Ward ... Mrs. Burstall
Merv Lillie ... Alcoholic man
Dorothy Hewett ... Alcoholic woman
Ray Marshall ... Detective 1
Robert Baxter ... Detective 2
... Policeman 1
John Cobley ... Policeman 2
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The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life. The film shifts from the darkly comic to the deadly serious. A young woman is attacked by a prowler in her bedroom but she turns the tables on him and she ravishes him. She then transforms into a knife wielding, leather jacketed prowler herself and begins sneaking in men's bedrooms at night. The prowlee becomes the prowler. Written by Jonesy

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Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White's first film...

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Appearing in this film together, lead actresses Ruth Cracknell and Kerry Walker both coincidentally had previously starred together about a year earlier in Gillian Armstrong's The Singer and the Dancer (1977). This 1978 film was their second and final collaboration together. See more »

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one of Australia's best 10
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The dialog in this film is incredibly speakable -- in response to Mephisto -- and I think what you are unhappy with is it's camp melodramatic style -- which on a critical level is achieved with sophistication and panache.

Kerry Walker is a stand out as the mannish blossom -- ripening with rebellion and uncertainty -- the perfect counter to her mother played by Ruth Cracknell. Ruth's performance is genius -- the timing for black humour I have only seen seconded by Kathleen TUrner in Serial Mom.

This film is beautifully shot. The camera moves with deft purpose -- never feeling television or obvious -- but a secure mix of voyeurism and arch photographic signposting (appropriate to the camp postmodern genre) Australia (along with Spain, USA and Brazil, NEW ZEALAND-- thanks to ALmodovar, Waters and Jackson) is home of the CAMP aesthetic -- and culturally we've been balking at this over the last few years. But what's really going for us -- is something that uniquely expresses our nation's ironic plight of being a little America.

WALK THE TALK, LOVE SERENADE, SWEETIE are also worthy notables.


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