|Directed by||Carl Schultz|
|Produced by||Ben Gannon|
|Written by||David Williamson|
|Music by||Alan John|
|Editing by||Henry Dangar|
|Release dates||19 June 1987 (USA)
23 July 1987 (Australia)
|Running time||96 mins.|
|Box office||AU$1,464,000 (Australia)|
An aged couple decide to move from Melbourne to north Queensland.
The David Williamson play Travelling North premiered in 1979, the year that Williamson moved from Melbourne to Sydney. The film was not made until eight years later, with Williamson adapting his own play into a script.
Ben Gannon optioned film rights to the play and hired Leo McKern to play the lead. It was intended that Michael Blakemore direct but after casting was completed he dropped out and was replaced by Carl Schultz. Warren Mitchell was originally cast as the local doctor but was replaced by Henri Szeps.
The film was shot in Port Douglas, Queensland, in July and August 1986.
At the AFI Awards the film won the categories Best Actor in a Lead Role (Leo McKern) and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Williamson). Julia Blake was nominated. Montréal World Film Festival awarded the Best Actor award to Leo McKern.
Travelling North grossed $1,464,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $2,942,640 in 2009 dollars.
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p189-191
- "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office