The Slim Dusty Movie
It was made for a budget of A$2.3 million.
The film dramatises the early life and career of Australian country music singer/songwriter Slim Dusty, interspersed with footage of a 1980s round Australia tour by the Slim Dusty family and featuring several songs from Dusty's long career, including Pub With No Beer, When the Rain Tumbles Down in July, Lights on the Hill and Indian Pacific. Slim Dusty was Australia's most prolific musical artist, who died in 2003 while working on his 106th album for EMI Records. His wife Joy McKean and children Anne Kirkpatrick and David Kirpatrick are all accomplished country music singers who perform in the film on stage with Dusty. A number of Dusty's song writers and old friends appear in the film, including Stan Coster.
Directed by Rob Stewart (whose credits include 1983's For the Term of His Natural Life) and with cinematograhpy by David Eggby (Mad Max, 1979), the film features Australian landscapes prominently and is essentially a biographical documentary. Shot in diverse locations, it includes live performances at the Sydney Opera House, Charters Towers, Mount Isa Peppimenarti, Northern Territory Aboriginal settlement and elsewhere.
Cast & crew
- Slim Dusty as himself.
- Joy McKean as herself.
- Anne Kirkpatrick as herself.
- David Kirkpatrick as himself.
- Jon Blake as Young Slim Dusty.
- Mary Charlston as Young Heather McKean
- Earl Francis as the Country Radio announcer.
- Jeanette Leigh as Milkbar Waitress.
- Sandy Paul as Young Joy McKean.
- Beverley Phillips as Slim's Mother.
- Jimmy Sharman as himself.
- Tom Travers as Slim's Father.
- James Wright as City Radio Announcer.
The Slim Dusty Movie grossed $225,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $571,500 in 2009 dollars.
- The Slim Dusty Movie (1984) - IMDb
- "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, March–April 1984 p76
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
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