Exile (1994 film)

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Directed by Paul Cox
Produced by Paul Cox
Santhana Naidu
Paul Ammitzboll
Written by Paul Cox
Based on novel Priests Island by E.L. Grant Watson
Starring Aden Young
Beth Champion
Claudia Karvan
Music by Paul Grabowsky
Cinematography Nino Gaetano Martinetti
Edited by Paul Cox
Distributed by Beyond Films
Roadshow (video)
Release date
  • 12 February 1994 (1994-02-12)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$2 million[1]

Exile is a 1994 Australian drama film directed by Paul Cox. It was entered into the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] The film was shot entirely on location in Tasmania.[3]


In the 19th century a young man is banished to an island for stealing a few sheep.



The film is based on a novel which was set in Scotland but Cox relocated it to Tasmania. Although an earlier script was written by another writer, Cox wrote the screenplay for the film over eight days while on holiday on a Greek Island. Half the budget was provided by the Film Finance Corporation.[4][5]

The film was shot from 15 March to 25 April 1993 on the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania.[1] Cox:

It's a very religious film. Because of that, it is not very commercial, is not very successful. I think it's a very good film... Exile is about the sea. It's also about society, how it always destroys the individual: that we're not the end product of that society, we're just there to be manipulated and used. It's about a man kicked out of society who really becomes himself. He shines, burns through all the rubbish of the mind and the body. He has to somehow survive physically as well, and he does it quite brilliantly. People even get jealous of him. They ban him and exile him.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, May 1993 p74-75
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1994 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Feature Article - Tasmanian feature films Contributed by Paul Bywater, Hobart Film Society
  4. ^ Andrew L. Urban, "Paul Cox: Exile", Cinema Papers, August 1993 p6-9
  5. ^ Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p54
  6. ^ "Interview with Paul Cox", Signet, 13 January 2001 accessed 18 November 2012

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