Terry Bourke

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Grave site of Australian Film Maker Terry Bourke located at the Bairnsdale Cemetery

Terry Bourke (19 April 1940 - 2002) was an Australian filmmaker. He worked as a show business journalist, stuntman and production assistant in Hong Kong for a number of years before returning to Australia in 1971. [1] He made several movies and also worked in television.[2]


David Stratton described him as "a second-rate director".[3] Actor and writer Roger Ward called him:

A shifty but clever and cunning little character who did a lot of work. Some was good. However, the good was canceled out by his cavalier attitude to money (always other peoples'), his disrespect of his peers, and an almost obsessive jealousy of anyone else in the industry... To his credit, Terry had an uncanny ability to make a tiny creek in the suburbs of Sydney look like the back blocks of Vietnam. He could also carve a piece of cardboard, put lights behind it and shoot it with a title beneath, and those that saw it on the silver screen would swear it really was a Manhattan skyline. He could shoot beneath a doctored typewriter or through a disassembled camera or use a single house for the entire shoot of a film... At best he was an egotistical arsehole who was nowhere near as talented as he imagined he was... He was also a pathological liar. But that's show business.[4]

Select Credits[edit]

Unmade films[edit]

  • Latrik (1971) - an Australian western where Peter Finch leads a gang that pack rapes Rod Taylor's daughter[1]
  • Crocodile (1977) - proposed $1.6 million film about a killer crocodile[5][6]


  1. ^ a b John Larkin, "Blood and Guts to Ride the (Flinders) Ranges", The Age, 30 July 1971 accessed 23 October 2012
  2. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p269
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p137
  4. ^ 'Roger Ward Guest Post: The History of "Brothers" ', The Death Rattle, November 22, 2011 accessed 11 October 2012
  5. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p264
  6. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, April 1977 p349

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