Dimboola (film)

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Directed by John Duigan
Produced by Max Gillies
John Timlin
John Weiley
Written by Jack Hibberd
John Power
Based on Dimboola
by Jack Hibberd
Starring Bruce Spence
Music by George Dreyfus
Cinematography Tom Cowan
Edited by Tony Paterson
Distributed by Greater Union
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
Running time
89 minutes[1]
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$350,000[2]

Dimboola is a 1979 Australian independent film directed by John Duigan about a country wedding reception. It is based on the 1969 play of the same name by Jack Hibberd and was principally filmed on location in Dimboola, Victoria.


English journalist arrives in a small country town to observe a wedding.

Further information: Dimboola (play)



The movie was shot in Dimboola, Jeparit and Melbourne. The budget was originally $420,000 but was reduced to $350,000. $120,000 came from the Victorian Film Corporation, $75,000 from the New South Wales Film Corporation, $80,000 from Greater Union, and the rest from private investment.[3]

John Duigan had written all his previous movies himself, and worked in a realist style whereas Hibberd's writing was more theatrical. Hibberd had trouble collaborating and Duigan feels they had entirely different interpretations of the material which hurt the final movie.[2]

The character of the English journalist was added for Max Gillies. The film plays down the differences between the Catholic and Protestant families.



The film was a box office disaster.[2]

Home Media[edit]

A Collector's Edition of Dimboola was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in October 2006. The DVD includes special features such as the original theatrical trailer, audio commentary with Jack Hibberd, John Timlin and Max Gillies, and interviews with David Williamson, Jack Hibberd, John Romeril, John Duigan, Graeme Blundell, Max Gillies and Bruce Spence. Also included is a feature-length film of the original stage play directed by David Williamson in 1973 and Pram Factory, a 1994 documentary on the Australian Performing Group.[4]

A single DVD edition of Dimboola was released by Umbrella Entertainment in October 2008 with fewer special features.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dimboola at the National Film and Sound Archive
  2. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980. pp. 178–180
  3. ^ Jack Clancy, "Dimboola", Cinema Papers, October/November 1978, pp. 99–101
  4. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment – Dimboola Collector's Edition". Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment – Dimboola". Archived from the original on 8 September 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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