Monkey Grip (film)
|Directed by||Ken Cameron|
|Produced by||Danny Collins
|Written by||Ken Cameron
|Editing by||David Huggett|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Box office||A$450,000 (Australia)|
Monkey Grip is a 1982 Australian drama film directed by Ken Cameron. It is based on the novel, also titled Monkey Grip, by Helen Garner. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
- Noni Hazlehurst as Nora
- Colin Friels as Javo
- Alice Garner as Gracie
- Harold Hopkins as Willie
- Candy Raymond as Lillian
- Michael Caton as Clive
- Tim Burns as Martin
- Christina Amphlett as Angela
- Don Miller-Robinson as Gerald
- Lisa Peers as Rita
- Cathy Downes as Eve
- Justin Ridley as Roaster
- Pearl Christie as Juliet
- Vera Plevnik as Jessie
- Jamie Fonti as Ramondo
Ken Cameron tried to get up a film version of Helen Garner's novel in early 1979 but could not raise the budget of $553,000. Shooting was postponed but then Patricia Lovell managed to get the money under 10BA tax regulations only by then costs had risen so much the film had to be made for $1 million. The film was shot in early 1981. The story is set in Melbourne but only one week of filming took place there. The Fitzroy Pool was recreated in West Ryde pool. The iconic Deep Water Aqua Profonda sign was economically reused as the album cover in the film.
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p139-141
- Maslin, Janet. "NY Times: Monkey Grip". NY Times. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- "Festival de Cannes: Monkey Grip". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
- Rod Bishop & Peter Beilby, "Ken Cameron", Cinema Papers, March–April 1979 p 259
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
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