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The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005)

"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest.


Kriv Stenders


Kriv Stenders (screenplay), David Snell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson ... Gary Kelp
Colin Friels ... Ray Gill
Jessica Napier ... Christine
Sacha Horler ... Carol Kelp
Kestie Morassi ... Jennifer
Brian Meegan ... Bob Boundary
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... Snapper Thompson
Sarah Pierse Sarah Pierse ... Gary's Mum
Jason Gann ... Carl Lucas
William Zappa ... Adrian Kelp
Emma Randall ... Clarice Stoker
Andrew Ausage Andrew Ausage ... Morgue Orderly
Beth Armstrong ... Matronly Woman
Helmut Bakaitis ... John
Niki Owen Niki Owen ... Barmaid


"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest. The film begins with the death of Gary's, and with Gary having to start work on condensing a home medical journal called The Illustrated Family Doctor. The deeper Gary gets into condensing the journal, the more he starts to question his job, his life and everything around him. Then, mysteriously, he begins to take on the symptoms from the book and slowly his life starts to fall apart around him in comically tragic ways. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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3 March 2005 (Australia) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Wry, Ironic Comedy Mocking Modern Corporate Life
27 May 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"The Illustrated Family Doctor"is a wry, ironic comedy about a neurotic hypochondriac having a "quarter-life crisis." While writer/director Kriv Stenders described it as very atypical for Australian films, which tend to celebrate masculinity, bringing it to the Tribeca Film Festival was like bringing coals to Newcastle. Stenders claimed in the Q & A to be particularly influenced by Jim Jarmusch, but this seemed more like "The Office" done by Woody Allen.

Samuel Johnson, who has been seen in the U.S. on "The Secret Life of Us" on cable TV, was wonderfully appealing as an Everyman who is the par excellence shlimazl (as in the shlimil is the one who spills the soup and the shlimazl is the one he spills it on).

The digs at Reader's Digest type reference and condensed books are particularly droll.

While the pacing is just too slow, it is an amusing critique of modern corporate life, similar in tone to Walter Kirn's novel "Up in the Air," with a passing resemblance to the British film "How to Get Ahead in Advertising." The production design beautifully captures the sterility of today's working and socializing environments.

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