The Survivor (1981 film)
|Directed by||David Hemmings|
|Produced by||William Fayman|
|Written by||David Ambrose
|Music by||Brian May|
|Distributed by||Greater Union Organization Umbrella Entertainment (AUS)
Warner Bros. Pictures (US/International)
|Box office||US$700,000 (international) (est.)|
The Survivor is a 1981 Australian Horror Thriller film starring Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter, based on a novel of the same name by James Herbert. It saw the final film appearance of actor Joseph Cotten.
$350,000 of the budget was invested by the South Australian Film Corporation, with a similar amount coming from English investors. The rest came from Greater Union, a TV sale and private investment.
Prior to filming David Hemmings and Antony I Ginnane discussed whether to make the film gory or more cerebral in the vein of The Innocents (1961). They chose the latter, a decision Ginnane later said was a mistake.
Ginnane asked Brian Trenchard-Smith to cut a ten-minute trailer to promote the film to potential buyers before it had been finished. This meant he had to shoot some shots of Jenny Agutter. He later cut the trailer for the actual film when it was released.
- The Survivor at the Internet Movie Database
- The Survivor at the National Film and Sound Archive
- The New York Times
- Australian Film Commission
- Cinemafantastique (French)
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