Sweet Talker (film)
Sweet Talker is a 1991 Australian film starring Bryan Brown. It was directed by Michael Jenkins who described it as: A real general audience film, a gentle film about some relationships father-son relationships, single mum relationship with her son. It's not. It's an entertainment film. It's a soft film - it doesn't go out there pretending it's saying anything world-shattering... In this industry quite a few things are haphazard. Sweet Talker is one of the more haphazard projects; the film's soundtrack and performed by British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson was released by Capitol Records the same year the film was released. Sweet Talker on IMDb Sweet Talker at Rotten Tomatoes Sweet Talker at Box Office Mojo Sweet Talker at Oz Movies
The Sullivans is an Australian drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran on the Nine Network from 15 November 1976 until 10 March 1983. The series tells the story of a fictitional average middle-class Melbourne family and the effect that the Second World War and the immediate post-war events had on their lives, it covers the period between 1 September 1939 to 22 August 1948. It was a consistent ratings success in Australia, became popular in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Gibraltar and New Zealand; the show was purchased by Channel Nine without a pilot program being produced. They commissioned 34 hours with a view to extension. Fourteen writers were assigned to the thirteen plot lines, devised; the cast had not been established when they started writing the series and three months they still had only two cast members, Vikki Hammond and Noni Hazlehurst. When researching the time period, the set designer Nick Rossendale said at the time "when you are dealing with a period of time, well within living memory, you have to watch things carefully".
Hence, the painstaking research into the reality of the show. In 1976, the show was regarded as an ambitious project with the biggest budget for a commercial network series, it reputedly cost one million dollars to set up. The story began with the declaration of war against Germany. From the outset the series focused on the Sullivan family of fictitious address 7 Gordon Street, Victoria, along with neighbourhood friends and associates; the majority of show's storylines related to the war, focusing on either the fighting itself or its effect on the Sullivan family. Scenes of battles in North Africa, Crete, New Guinea and Malaya were all filmed in or around Melbourne. However, some of the exterior scenes in the Netherlands were filmed in Amsterdam; the series was renowned for its high production standards. The programme's researchers went to great lengths to ensure both cultural accuracy. Many scenes were timestamped and the scripts referenced actual military developments and events of the time, such as discussion of specific battles, sporting results and cinematic releases.
For instance, this went down to the weather, where the researchers checked through back copies of newspapers. Authentic 1930s furniture was located and used on sets, while kitchen pantries and the corner store were stocked with packaged goods of the era; the set designer Nick Rossendale said. He went on to say that the big companies would say to him they didn't have anything for him but he persisted by asking if he could look through their warehouses. "When I got in, I found something", he said. "It's amazing. The forgotten stuff, lying around was unbelievable. No one knew it was there."For instance, he found "hundreds of old pub mirrors labels clean and unused" with every one of them "for a certain period of time". He said "to reproduce these would have cost a fortune but we can now label any product – can or bottle – with a real label so it won't be a reproduction at all." Grace Sullivan – – born 24 October 1900 was the Sullivan matriarch. The daughter of Dr Edmond Donovan, she married David Sullivan, a young soldier invalided from the battlefront, on 4 April 1919.
She was intelligent and respected by her family. Although opposed to her sons enlisting to fight, she came to terms with this. Grace was a devout Catholic, which sometimes created tension with husband Dave, a non-practising Anglican. In the series she flew to London at the request of the War Office, to assist with the recovery of her son John. There she was killed when a German V-1 flying bomb struck John's flat on 6 July 1944. Dave Sullivan – born 19 February 1898 – was an upright, hard-working and somewhat old-fashioned patriarch, he was a foreman at a small engineering firm and a veteran of the First World War, serving in the light horse in the Middle East. At the outbreak of war in 1939 Dave encouraged his sons to fight. Dave was hit by a car on 20 August 1948 and he died the following day, an event that marked the final scenes of the entire series. John – born 12 October 1919 was Dave and Grace's eldest child. A medical student at Melbourne University in 1939, he was vehemently opposed to the war, leading to many confrontations with his more traditionalist father.
John's relationship with German-born Anna Kaufman caused complications. Anna died on 20 December 1940. After her death, John relented and joined the medical corps, leaving the family on 4 June 1941, he was lost at sea and, for two years, presumed dead. His return to the series prompted Grace Sullivan to fly to England. John featured in "The John Sullivan Story" and intermittently in the series again between episodes 505 and 616. Tom – born 12 June 1921 was the second Sullivan child, an engineering student who, unlike his brother John, was keen to sign up and fight for his country. Tom served the duration of the series in the military, serving in North Africa, Crete, the Netherlands and Malaya and reaching officer rank. Late in the series he returned to civilian life, took up university studies and married an American lawyer, Patti Spencer on 4 September 1946, though it was not a successful marria
The Boys (1998 film)
The Boys is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Rowan Woods. The screenplay by Stephen Sewell is based on the play by Gordon Graham, with Graham influenced by the 1986 murder of Anita Cobby, with the play first performed by Griffin Theatre Company under the direction of Alex Galeazzi. After serving time in prison for an assault on a liquor store employee, Brett Sprague is released from prison and returns home to his two brothers and his and their girlfriends and stepfather. Things have changed, as Brett begins to drink his way through the day, he regains his "top-dog" position one argument at a time; this power trip gets Brett and his brothers united in rage against their girlfriends and mother, they are involved in a heinous crime. The aftermath of the night unfolds through the story with flashforwards. David Wenham – Brett Sprague Toni Collette – Michelle Lynette Curran – Sandra Sprague John Polson – Glenn Sprague Anthony Hayes – Stevie Sprague Jeanette Cronin – Jackie Anna Lise Phillips – Nola Pete Smith – George Sal Sharah – Nick The Boys is Rowan Woods' directorial debut, actor Peter Hehir's last film before he retired from acting.
Woods "aimed to achieve a combination of documentary-style naturalism with the edge of a thriller." Woods said that the first time he read the play, he felt "it was an Australian story that had to be told. This is the inside story of a family in crisis, of three boys on the day before a nasty crime takes place, of which they are accused."The producer of the film, Robert Connolloy, had produced the play. He met Rowan Woods at film school, they both suggested to John Maynard they make the movie; the script was adapted by playwright Stephen Sewell. Shooting was done on location in a rented house in one of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs; the location used to shoot the scene of the heinous crime was filmed at the Eastlakes Shopping Centre in Eastlakes, another eastern suburb. The original music score is composed by The Necks, with other music contributed by sound designer Alan Lamb. Cinema of Australia The Boys List of Australian films The Boys on IMDb The Boys at AllMovie The Boys at Oz Movies The Boys at Rotten Tomatoes The Boys at the National Film and Sound Archive
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is a hospital located in Herston in Brisbane, Australia. The hospital has 929 beds, it is estimated that 65% of the patients served come from within 15 kilometres of the hospital, it is the largest hospital in Queensland. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital campus is home to several research institutes: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute The University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners The main building of the Bowen Hospital as it was known, was designed by Charles Tiffin and others. For a time it was known as Brisbane General Hospital. In the 19th century the hospital dealt with some severe cases of tropical diseases; the hospital was created by the merging of the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital in 2003. In the same year the hospital precinct was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. In January 2008 there was a public health scare over concerns about lead levels at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
Lead tests carried out at a Brisbane hospital found. Queensland Health said there was no need to worry about children being exposed to lead at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after air and surface swabs returned results below the levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. In February 2008 the hospital was hit by a "super bug" outbreak; the bacteria, known as Vancomycin resistant enterococci or VRE. The hospital closed two 30-bed wards to new admissions in early December after 21 patients tested positive to VRE. Nurses were forced to take extreme measures to stop the bacteria spreading. List of hospitals in Australia
The Last of the Knucklemen
The Last of the Knucklemen is a 1979 Australian film directed by Tim Burstall. The story involves a gang of rough miners. Tom turns up at the mine looking for a place to hide, he allies himself with the mining foreman Tarzan before the big fight. Gerard Kennedy as Tarzan Michael Preston as Pansy Peter Hehir as Tom Dennis Miller as Horse Michael Caton as Monk Steve Rackman as Carl Michael Duffield as Methuselah Steve Bisley as Mad Dog Stewart Faichney as Tassie Gerry Duggan as Old Arthur Before Tim Burstall started on Eliza Fraser he thought Hexagon Productions should make a male bonding film, considered Rusty Bugles, The Odd Angry Shot and Last of the Knucklemen, he decided on the latter. He had to wait to get the rights because the Melbourne Theatre Company were negotiating to sell the rights to the US but this fell through. Burstall did the adaptation himself, faithful to the play, he felt. Burstall: I was trying to take the ocker stuff and cross it, as I think John Powers' play was, with anthropology.
Before I rehearsed the cast, I got them to read'The Territorial Imparity of the Native Aid'. I wanted it to be seen not just as anthropology, but the only people who got that were the French. It was bought in France and it's done well there – much better than it did in Australia; the movie was shot over six weeks in September and October 1978 on sets at Melbourne's Cambridge Studios. Exterior scenes were shot in the South Australian outback town of Andamooka; the Last of the Knucklemen grossed $180,000 at the box office in Australia, equivalent to $703,800 in 2009 dollars. Reviews however were strong. Burstall: I don't think they knew how to market it. A lot of women said to me,'I'd never go to a picture that had the title The Last of the Knucklemen', but nobody looked at it as an analysis of the way men work. It's a right-wing view of unionism; the Last of the Knucklemen was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in January 2012. The DVD is compatible with region codes 2 and 4 and includes special features such as the trailer, photo gallery and interviews with John Powers, Gerard Kennedy, Dan Burstall, Steve Bisley and Michael Caton.
John Power's play had been produced in 1973. Leslie Rees described it as "a sequence of sketches using the same basic characters but without much development or thematic resolution", it was performed Off-Broadway in 1983 at the American Theater of Actors, featuring Kevin O'Connor and Dennis Quaid. Cinema of Australia Murray, Scott, ed.. Australian Cinema. St. Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. P. 266. ISBN 1-86373-311-6; the Last of the Knucklemen on IMDb The Last of the Knucklemen at Oz Movies
Return to the Blue Lagoon
Return to the Blue Lagoon is a 1991 American romance and adventure film directed and produced by William A. Graham and starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause; the film is a sequel to The Blue Lagoon. The screenplay by Leslie Stevens was based on the novel The Garden of God by Henry De Vere Stacpoole; the original music score was composed by Basil Poledouris. The film's closing theme song "A World of Our Own" is performed by Surface featuring Bernard Jackson; the music was written by Barry Mann, the lyrics were written by Cynthia Weil. The film tells the story of two young children marooned on a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific, their life together is blissful, but not without physical and emotional changes, as they grow to maturity and fall in love. In 1897, Mrs. Sarah Hargrave, a widow, two young children are cast off from the ship they are travelling on because the ship's crew are infected with cholera. After days afloat, Kearney, a sailor, sent with them, tries to kill the boy because of his excessive crying.
Sarah angrily dumps his body overboard. The trio is stranded on a beautiful tropical island in the South Pacific. Sarah tries to raise them to be civilized, but soon gives up, as the orphaned boy Richard was born and raised by young lovers on this same island, he influences the widow's daughter Lilli, they grow up and Sarah educates them from the Bible, as well as from her own knowledge, including the facts of life. She cautiously demands the children never to go to the forbidden side of the island. 10 years when Richard and Lilli are about 12 and 10 years old Sarah dies from pneumonia, leaving them to fend for themselves. Sarah is buried on a scenic promontory overlooking the tidal reef area. Together, the children survive on their resourcefulness and the bounty of their remote paradise. Six years both Richard and Lilli grow into strong and beautiful teenagers, they live in a house on the beach and spend their days together fishing and exploring the island. Both their bodies mature and develop and they are physically attracted to each other.
Richard lets Lilli win the child's game Easter egg hunt and dives to find Lilli an adult's pearl as her reward. His penchant for racing a lagoon shark sparks a domestic quarrel. Lilli awakens in the morning with her first menstrual period, just as Sarah described the threshold of womanhood. Richard awakens in the morning with an erection and suffers a nasty mood swing which he cannot explain, they get into an argument regarding privacy and their late mother's rules. One night, Richard goes off to the forbidden side of the island, discovers that a group of natives from another island use the shrine of an impressive, Kon-Tiki-like idol to sacrifice conquered enemies every full moon. Richard camouflages himself with mud and hides in the muck. Richard escapes unscathed. After making up for their fight and Lilli discover natural love and passion, which deepens their emotional bond, they fall in exchange formal wedding vows and rings in the middle of the jungle. They consummate their new-found feelings for each other for the next several months.
Soon after, a ship arrives at the island, carrying unruly sailors, a proud captain, his beautiful but spoiled daughter, Sylvia Hilliard. The party is welcomed by the young couple, they ask to be taken back to civilization, after many years in isolation. Sylvia tries to steal Richard from Lilli and seduce him, but as tempted as he is by her strange ways, he realizes that Lilli is his heart and soul, upsetting Sylvia. Richard angrily leaves Sylvia behind in the middle of the fish pond, in plain view of the landing party. Meanwhile, Quinlan, a sailor, drags her back to the house, he tries to steal her pearl before Richard comes to her rescue. Quinlan opens fire on Richard. Richard lures Quinlan to his death in the jaws of the shark in the tidal reef area. Upon returning, he apologizes to Lilli for hurting her and she reveals that she is pregnant, she tells him that if he wants to leave she will not stop him, but that she wants to raise their child away from civilization and from guns. They decide to stay and raise their child on the island, as they feel their blissful life would not compare to civilization.
The ship departs and the two young lovers have their baby, a girl. Milla Jovovich as Lilli Hargrave Brian Krause as Paddy/Richard LeStrange Jr. Lisa Pelikan as Mrs. Sarah Hargrave Courtney Barilla as Young Lilli Garette Ratliff Henson as Young Richard Emma James as Infant Lilli Jackson Barton as Infant Richard Nana Coburn as Sylvia Hilliard Brian Blain as Captain Jacob Hilliard Peter Hehir as Quinlan Alexander Petersons as Giddens John Mann as First Captain Wayne Pygram as Kearney John Dicks as Penfield The film was shot on location in Australia and Taveuni, Fiji. Like the original, the film received negative reviews, it holds a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 30 reviews with the consensus: "Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure."The film flopped at the box office. On a budget of $11,000,000, it made less than $3,000,000 in the United States.
1991 Golden Raspberry Awards Nominee: Worst Director - William A. Graham Nominee: Worst New Star - Milla Jovovich Nominee: Worst New Star - Brian Krause Nominee: Worst Picture - William A. Graham Nominee: Worst Screenplay - Leslie Stevens Young Ar
The Cowra breakout occurred on 5 August 1944, when 1,104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of World War II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the escape and ensuing manhunt, 4 Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed; the remaining escapees were imprisoned. Situated some 314 km due west of Sydney, Cowra was the town nearest to No. 12 Prisoner of War Compound, a major POW camp where 4,000 Axis military personnel and civilians were detained throughout World War II. The prisoners at Cowra included 2,000 Italians and Indonesian civilians, detained at the request of the Dutch East Indies government. By August 1944, there were 2,223 Japanese POWs including 544 merchant seamen. There were 14,720 Italian prisoners, the majority of whom had been captured in the North African Campaign, as well as 1,585 Germans, most of whom were captured naval or merchant seamen. Although the POWs were treated in accordance with the 1929 Geneva Convention, relations between the Japanese POWs and the guards were poor, due to significant cultural differences.
A riot by Japanese POWs at Featherston prisoner of war camp in New Zealand, in February 1943, led to security being tightened at Cowra. The camp authorities installed several Vickers and Lewis machine guns to augment the rifles carried by the members of the Australian Militia's 22nd Garrison Battalion, composed of old or disabled veterans or young men considered physically unfit for frontline service. In the first week of August 1944, a tip-off from an informer at Cowra led authorities to plan a move of all Japanese POWs at Cowra, except officers and NCOs, to another camp at Hay, New South Wales, some 400 km to the west; the Japanese were notified of the move on 4 August. In the words of historian Gavin Long, the following night: At about 2 a.m. a Japanese ran to the camp gates and shouted what seemed to be a warning to the sentries. A Japanese bugle sounded. A sentry fired. More sentries fired as three mobs of prisoners, shouting "Banzai", began breaking through the wire, one mob on the northern side, one on the western and one on the southern.
They flung themselves across the wire with the help of blankets. They were armed with knives, baseball bats, clubs studded with nails and hooks, wire stilettos and garotting cords; the bugler, Hajime Toyoshima, had been Australia’s first Japanese prisoner of the war. Soon afterwards, prisoners set most of the buildings in the Japanese compound on fire. Within minutes of the start of the breakout attempt, Privates Ben Hardy and Ralph Jones manned the No. 2 Vickers machine-gun and began firing into the first wave of escapees. They were soon overwhelmed by a wave of Japanese prisoners who had breached the lines of barbed wire fences. Before dying, Private Hardy managed to remove and throw away the gun's bolt, rendering the gun useless; this prevented the prisoners from turning the machine gun against the guards. Some 359 POWs escaped, while some others attempted or committed suicide, or were killed by their countrymen; some of those who did escape committed suicide to avoid recapture. All the survivors were recaptured within 10 days of their breakout.
During the escape and subsequent round-up of POWs, four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed and 108 prisoners were wounded. The leaders of the breakout ordered the escapees not to attack Australian civilians, none were killed or injured; the government conducted an official inquiry into the events. Its conclusions were read to the Australian House of Representatives by Curtin on 8 September 1944. Among the findings were: Conditions at the camp were in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. Privates Hardy and Jones were posthumously awarded the George Cross as a result of their actions. Australia continued to operate No. 12 Camp until the last Japanese and Italian prisoners were repatriated in 1947. Cowra maintains a significant Japanese war cemetery. In addition, a commemorative Japanese garden was built on Bellevue Hill to memorialize these events; the garden was designed by Ken Nakajima in the style of the Edo period. The Night of a Thousand Suicides, Angus & Robertson, ISBN 0-207-12741-7 by Teruhiko Asada, translated by Ray Cowan.
Dead Men Rising, Angus & Robertson, ISBN 0-207-12654-2): a novel by Seaforth Mackenzie, stationed at Cowra during the breakout. Die like the Carp: The Story of the Greatest Prison Escape Ever, Corgi Books, ISBN 0-7269-3243-4) by Harry Gordon; the Cowra Breakout: a critically acclaimed 4½-hour television miniseries, written by Margaret Kelly and Chris Noonan, directed by Noonan and Phillip Noyce. On That Day, Our Lives Were Lighter Than Toilet Paper: The Great Cowra Breakout あの日、僕らの命はトイレットペーパーよりも軽かった -カウラ捕虜収容所からの大脱走: a 2-hour TV-movie produced by Nippon Television as a 55th-anniversary special. Shame and the Captives,: a fictionalised account of the Cowra breakout by Thomas Keneally. Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms, Simon & Schuster Australia, ISBN 9781925184846): an historical fiction by Dr Anita Heiss based on an escapee who hid in the