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Waiting (1991)

A teenage boy wants to leave his home town.


Jackie McKimmie


Jackie McKimmie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ... Clare
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Diane
Frank Whitten ... Michael
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Sandy
Denis Moore Denis Moore ... Bill
Fiona Press ... Therese
Ray Barrett ... Frank
Noga Bernstein Noga Bernstein ... Rosie
Peter Tu Tran Peter Tu Tran ... Tan
Brian Simpson ... Booroomil
Matthew Fargher Matthew Fargher ... Steve
Alan Glover Alan Glover ... Policeman
Kaye Stevenson Kaye Stevenson ... Midwife
Mariette Rups-Donnelly Mariette Rups-Donnelly ... Gym instructor
Justin King Justin King ... Muscle man


Clare is an artist who agrees to bear a child for another couple. The plot follows Clare as a series of friends gather, as the birth draws near. It also shows the interests each seems to take in the event. As we see the characters and their relationships develop, Clare begins to have second thoughts about giving up her baby. Her mixed emotions are further confused by the arrival of an old boyfriend who wants to marry her. What will she decide to do? Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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25 July 1991 (Australia) See more »

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Noni Hazlehurst really was pregnant - very pregnant - for parts of filming. This includes the various nude swimming footage during the film. Hazlehurst later quipped that pregnant was the best way to do a nude scene, because you didn't have to worry about feeling weight-conscious. See more »

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a comedy of errors and expectations
7 March 2003 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Australian writer/director has a talent for extended ensemble playing but her attempts at drama are diluted by her penchant for grotesquery.

Here artist Clare Fairweather (Noni Hazelhurst) is expecting the arrival of a child she has produced as a surrogate home birth for her friend Sandy (Helen Jones) one of her `mafia' group of female friends. When the birth is imminent, the isolated bush farmhouse where she lives is visited by friends and their extended families. However the waiting of the title brings about a crisis, as Clare considers keeping the baby, and that McKimmie offers no resolution is indicative of her touch.

McKimmie's screenplay includes a film of the birth which is being made in super 8 presented as black-framed point-of-view, Clare swimming under water, an abandoned castrated lamb that dies, Sandy having 2 adopted multicultural children, the house located on Perseverance Road, doubt about the father of Clare's child, rain, a constantly barking dog, infidelities, and the baby born in a caravan. The footage of spied upon doctors playing golf is witty and Clare's contractual yell is juxtaposed with girlie pictures on the ceiling, however the dialogue is on the level of strine cliches or lines like `You don't need a rectal thermometer to know who the assholes are' and `My career has miscarried'. The songs Que Sera Sera and Ave Maria on the soundtrack also are not assets. McKimmie has the balance to equal her portraits of men as fools with the women equally exposed, and she also shows the casual hostility of the Australian psyche.

McKimmie provides Jones with a long close-up when she hears that the baby is born, and reveals the essential loneliness of Clare amongst the clutter around her. Mention is made of the sensuality of Deborra-Lee Furness' Diane, though Hazelhurst, like in McKimmie's previous Australian Dream has been better served by Ken Cameron in Monkey Grip (1982) and by Glenda Hambly in Fran (1985).

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