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Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

PG | | Drama | 15 June 1984 (USA)
His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless,... See full summary »


Carl Schultz


Michael Jenkins (screenplay), Sumner Locke Elliott (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Hughes ... Vanessa
Robyn Nevin ... Lila
Nicholas Gledhill Nicholas Gledhill ... PS
John Hargreaves ... Logan
Geraldine Turner ... Vere
Isabelle Anderson Isabelle Anderson ... Agnes
Peter Whitford ... George
Colleen Clifford ... Ettie
Edward Howell Edward Howell ... Judge
Jacqueline Kott ... Miss Pile
Julie Nihill ... Diana
Michael Long Michael Long ... Mr. Hood
Len London Len London ... Mr. Gentle
Beth Child Beth Child ... Mrs. Grindel
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... The Magician


His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless, absent father, she asserts her rights and convinces Lila to have PS live with her weekdays. PS is happy at Lila's, playing with children, running about, speaking up. At Vanessa's, there's a regimen of private school, round vowels, piano and riding lessons, and lonely indoor play with fancy toys. He's miserable and when he objects, she sues for complete custody. Will anyone listen to him? And will he take on Vanessa's challenges to find out who he is and to love someone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of three major film and television collaborations of actress Robyn Nevin and director Carl Schultz. The productions are the feature films 'Goodbye Paradise'' (1983) and 'Careful, He Might Hear You' (1983) and two episodes of the television mini-series 'The Dismissal' (1983). See more »


Spoofed in Careful, He May Be Watching (1987) See more »

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12 April 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Two estranged sisters vie for custody of their preteen nephew, not always considering his feelings, in this compelling Australian drama from 'Travelling North' director Carl Schultz. As per the title, the film pivots around what everyone says about the boy behind his back, and the film is blessed by a deliciously complex sound design in which background discussions overlap with whatever the boy is doing. Nicholas Gledhill is very well cast as the protagonist with an expressive face that tells all as he listens to the adults converse, extrapolating what he can. John Seale does a great job shooting Gledhill in intentionally intrusive close-ups and with several gliding shots throughout, 'Careful He Might Hear You' is an incredibly good- looking film. If the movie does not totally work, it is due to becoming too sentimental for its own good, especially towards the end. Wendy Hughes (as the wealthier aunt) could have also benefited for some more characterisation as she comes off a little too much like an evil stepmother. Generally speaking though, this is a captivating look at two sisters with opposite approaches to life both trying to parent properly in wildly different ways and how the boy learns to finally assert himself when things do not go the way he wants. In other words, it is just as much a tale of growing up as it is a story of sibling rivalry regarding custody of him.

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