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The King (2007)

The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and ... See full summary »


Matthew Saville
7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Curry ... Graham Kennedy
Shaun Micallef ... Colin Bednall
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Nicky Whitta
Steve Bisley ... Harry M. Miller
Stephen Hall ... Bert Newton
Todd MacDonald ... Richard Croft
Bernard Curry ... John Wesley
Nick Farnell ... Norm Spencer
Donal Forde Donal Forde ... Geoff 'Corkie' Corke
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ... Sir Frank Packer
Johnny Brady ... Tim (as Beau Brady)
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Nana Scott
Roz Hammond ... Kathleen Whitta
Jane Allsop ... Noeline Brown
Beth Buchanan Beth Buchanan ... Val Wesley


The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and back to TV again. But against this backdrop of professional success it also tracks Kennedy's personal tragedies - the loneliness, the unrealised ambitions and the terrible pressures of being Australia's first homegrown superstar in the 1950s and 60s. But The King is not just about a man - it's also the story of the birth of television, a cultural phenomenon that has helped define a nation, and make us who we are today. Written by Grundy Television/FremantleMedia

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Biography | Drama







Release Date:

20 May 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Box Office


AUD 2,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Lilley was considered to play Graham Kennedy. See more »


After Graham gets into his car and tells his driver he might have a quiet night in, the vehicle proceeds round a corner, briefly revealing a lighting tower and several crew members in the background. See more »

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Very disappointing.
26 May 2007 | by maitch-1See all my reviews

I was exceptionally disappointed with this film.

I have absolutely no qualms with the makers of the movie portraying Graham Kennedy as a troubled person, but the entire movie had a sombre, depressing, almost dour tone.

The lighting and the music were intentionally dull, dreary and heavy, and there were very few scenes from Kennedy's hilarious shows and skits. Why the director has chosen this approach is beyond me, when one considers that the overriding atmosphere that Kennedy created way joyous and light. As I say, no issue with portraying Kennedy as they did, but to make the whole movie a downer...I didn't enjoy that.

There was virtually no exploration of the personal relationships between Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton or Noeline Brown. There was minimal insight into why Graham was the way he was portrayed in the movie. For a character and era about which so much is already known, this movie did not provide ANY enlightenment or new information. I found there to be very little depth to the movie.

A pity really, because the subject of the film was/is so powerful and interesting,it should have led to a truly memorable movie.

Stephen Curry's performance was magnificent. Just a great shame that he wasn't give MUCH more to work with.

Some minor points, when films have to "trick" certain scenes up with lighting, eg. The scene where Kennedy is being offered Blankety Blanks, you know they're in trouble. Also no mention of "Travelling North" or of "Coast to Coast" in which Graham Kennedy was brilliant.

I only gave the movie 5 out of 10 because the subject matter was so excellent.

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