Monkey Grip (film)

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Monkey Grip
Directed by Ken Cameron
Produced by Danny Collins
Treisha Ghent
Patricia Lovell
Written by Ken Cameron
Helen Garner
Starring Noni Hazlehurst
Cinematography David Gribble
Edited by David Huggett
Distributed by Roadshow
Release dates
  • 17 June 1982 (1982-06-17)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1 million[1]
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.[2] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.[3]



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.[4] 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.[1] 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.

Box office[edit]

Monkey Grip grossed $451,000 at the box office in Australia,[5] which is equivalent to $1,312,410 in 2009 dollars. However it struggled to find distribution overseas.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p139-141
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet. "NY Times: Monkey Grip". NY Times. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Monkey Grip". Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Rod Bishop & Peter Beilby, "Ken Cameron", Cinema Papers, March–April 1979 p 259
  5. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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