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The Bit Part (1988)

The story about a careers counselor who dreams of becoming a small-time actor.

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Brendan Maher

Writers:

Peter Herbert (additional material), Ian McFadyen | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Haywood ... Michael Thornton
Nicole Kidman ... Mary McAllister
Katrina Foster Katrina Foster ... Helen Thornton
John Wood ... John Bainbridge
Maurie Fields ... Peter
Brian Mannix Brian Mannix ... Barry
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Acting Teacher
Maggie Millar Maggie Millar ... Molly
Maureen Edwards Maureen Edwards ... Bev Howard
Wilbur Wilde Wilbur Wilde ... Bikie
Red Symons Red Symons ... Bikie
Des McKenna Des McKenna ... Bikie
Kirk Alexander Kirk Alexander ... Andy
John Allan John Allan ... Steve
Reg Gorman Reg Gorman ... Scott
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The story about a careers counselor who dreams of becoming a small-time actor.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Papel Secundário See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Budget:

AUD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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Comedia Limited See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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a 'bit' of a good film
21 January 2004 | by inca_HOOTS_filmsSee all my reviews

This was one of those obscure little films put on late at night that I happened to flick over to and very much the sort of movie to be replayed on TV just because Kidman made a go of it (when they are stuck for programming). When I saw this film, many years ago, I was delighted by it's simple tale of a person wanting to break out from his shackles (ie - a guidance councilor) to try his hand in the cut-throat word of performance.

Our guy has had anough of the game and has decided to chuck it in after countless years trying to give slack-arse students some direction. After being fed up, he tells one of his students to do what you want and when the student asks him if he's happy in his job, he realises that it's time to make a change.

Neither falling into angst-fest or the screwball comedy genre, it sits pretty well as a charming, realistic tale of giving it a go and not caring if it doesn't quite come off the way you planned.

A solid cast and well written in terms of understanding the longing to be a performer was the most memorable parts of this film and I think it would be high time to check it out for myself again.


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