One Night Stand (1984 film)

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One Night Stand
One Night Stand 1984.jpg
Directed by John Duigan
Produced by Richard Mason
Written by John Duigan
Starring Tyler Coppin
Cassandra Delaney
Jay Hackett
Saskia Post
David Pledger
Music by William Motzing
Cinematography Tom Cowan
Edited by John Scott
Distributed by Hoyts Distribution
Release dates
5 May 1984 (1984-05-05)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1.4 million[1]
Box office A$111,978 (Australia)

One Night Stand is a 1984 film directed by John Duigan.


In Australia, four teenagers in the Sydney Opera House- Sharon, Eva, Brendan and Tony- are horrified to hear the news that nuclear war has broken out in Europe and witness an horrific newscast that depicts irradiated, pain-wracked and disfigured victims of one nuclear blast with skin hanging off their bodies. The quartet try to figure out the best way they can survive the escalating conflict, as nuclear missiles start to hit Australian military and strategic targets and it may only be a matter of time before they start to detonate over large Australian population centres such as Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Perth, Fremantle and Canberra. At the film's end, it is left uncertain whether Sydney will be directly hit by nuclear weapons as Sydney's inhabitants await their fate in the Sydney underground, although the US spy facilities at Pine Gap and the US/Australian Joint Defense Facility Nurrungar (South Australia), as well as West Australian mineral and oil facilities at North West Cape have already been obliterated by nuclear weapons as military targets. Moreover, so has an undisclosed 'metropolitan' area to the south of Sydney.


Richard Mason and John Duigan brought the script to Hoyts Edgley who agreed to back it. Simon Wincer called Duigan "a highly talented filmmaker and a brilliant writer" who was "an utter joy to work with".[1]

The Opera House was only used for ten days of filming because it was too expensive to hire. The rest of the movie was shot in the Seymour Centre.[2]

The film includes a performance by Midnight Oil.

Paul Hester, drummer for Split Enz and Crowded House appears in the film uncredited.

Box Office[edit]

One Night Stand grossed $111,978 at the box office in Australia,[3] which is equivalent to $284,424 in 2009 dollars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Scott Murray, "Simon Wincer", Cinema Papers, March–April 1984 p 102
  2. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p222
  3. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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