Clay (1965 film)

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Directed by Giorgio Mangiamele
Produced by Giorgio Mangiamele
Written by Giorgio Mangiamele
Starring Janina Lebedew
Cinematography Giorgio Mangiamele
Edited by Giorgio Mangiamele
Distributed by Giorgio Mangiamele
Release date
  • 25 August 1966 (1966-08-25)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget ₤12,000[1]

Clay is a 1965 Australian drama film directed by Giorgio Mangiamele. The film was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival,[2] but it lost to The Knack ...and How to Get It.


Nick is a murderer on the run from the police. He finds a remote artists' colony and takes shelter there. Whilst there, he falls in love with a sculptor named Margot. When Nick is betrayed to the police by a jealous rival, Chris, Margot kills herself.[3]



The film was shot in 1964, with the crew consisting of Mangiamele, a camera assistant and a sound technician. The budget was raised by Mangiamele mortgaging his house and the cast contributing ₤200 each. Filming started in May and took six weeks, mostly at an artist's colony in Montsalvat. Lead actor Janina Lebedew had her voice dubbed by Sheila Florence.[1]


The movie was the first Australian film selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.[4]

In March 1965 the ABC bought the TV rights for £2,600 and the film won to awards for photography at the 1965 AFIs. However it was poorly received at the Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne Film Festival and struggled to get commercial release.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p237
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Clay". Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Clay (1965)". Australian Screen online. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Graeme Cutts, "Giorgio Mangiamele", Cinema Papers, October 1992 p19-22
  5. ^ Scott Murray, 'Giorgio Mangiamele – Passionate Filmmaker', Senses of Cinema, 13 June 2001 accessed 1 September 2012

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