|Directed by||Tim Burstall|
|Produced by||Tim Burstall
Alan Finney (associate)
|Written by||Tim Burstall|
|Based on||novel by Russell Braddon|
|Music by||Peter Best|
|Edited by||David Bilcock|
|1 January 1976|
|Box office||A$800,000 (Australia)|
End Play is a 1976 Australian thriller film directed by Tim Burstall and starring George Mallaby, John Waters and Ken Goodlet. It was an adaptation of the 1972 novel End Play by Russell Braddon. It was made by Hexagon Productions.
Hitchhiker Janine Talbort is picked up and murdered by an unseen assailant. Mark Gifford, a merchant sailor on leave, then disposes of the body, attracting the suspicion of his wheelchair bound brother Robert. The police become suspicious of both brothers, who are rivals over their half-cousin, Margaret.
- George Mallaby - Robert Gifford
- John Waters - Mark Gifford
- Ken Goodlet - Superintendent Cheadle
- Delvene Delaney - Janine Talbort
- Charles Tingwell - Doctor Fairburn
- Belinda Giblin - Margaret Gifford
- Robert Hewett - Sergeant Robinson
- Kevin Miles - Charlie Bricknall
- Walter Pym - Stanley Lipton
- Sheila Florance - Mavis Lipton
- Reg Gorman - TV Reporter
- Adrian Wright - Andrew Gifford
- Jan Friedl - Policewoman
- Vicki Raymond - Robbie's Mother
- Elspeth Ballantyne - Welfare Officer
- Terry Gill - Ticket Collector
Russell Braddon's novel was originally set in England but was relocated to Australia. Burstall made the film as part of a deliberate effort to move away from "ocker material". He was attracted to Braddon's novel because it would be simple to film as it was basically a two hander, while also preparing Eliza Fraser (1976). The movie was budgeted at $244,000 but eventually cost $294,000. Shooting commenced in January 1975.
The two leads, George Mallaby and John Waters, were familiar faces on Australian television at the time.
The film performed reasonably at the box-office and in 1979 reported that it had just broken even. It also rated highly on television, the rights for which earned Hexagon $70,000. Burstall admitted the film might have been more effective as a TV movie, but says it would have been harder to make a profit that way.
- Scott Murray, 'Tim Burstall', Cinema Papers Sept-Oct 1979 p495, 576
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p34
- Moran & Veith p.78
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 297
- Moran, Albert & Viethm, Errol. Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
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