Fever (1989 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Craig Lahiff
Produced by Terry Jennings
Written by John Emery
Craig Lahiff
Joe Toppe
Starring Bill Hunter
Gary Sweet
Mary Regan
Music by Frank Strangio
Cinematography Robert Cribbett
David Foreman
Edited by Denise Haratzis
Distributed by J.C. Williamson Film Distributors
Release date
  • 10 May 1990 (1990-05-10)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU $875,000[1]

Fever is a 1989 Australian erotic thriller film about an Australian policeman who finds a suitcase full of money, and the course of events which unfold when he decides to keep it.[2] The film was directed by Craig Lahiff, and stars Bill Hunter, Gary Sweet, and Mary Regan.


Sergeant Jack Wells, a tough country cop, discovers a bag of cash after a shoot out. He decides to keep the money so he and his wife Leanne can start a new life. However Leanne has a lover.


The movie was the second of three low budget thrillers Craig Lahiff made in succession.[3] It was made with the assistance of the South Australian Film and Television Financing Fund.

The film was meant to be shot in Port Pirie but the budget did not stretch to location shooting so it was filmed Port Adelaide.[1]


The film was never released theatrically in Australia but sold widely around the world on video.[1] It made a comfortable profit.[4]


  1. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p242-243
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p60
  3. ^ Interview with Craig Lahiff, 4 August 1997 Archived 24 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 19 October 2012
  4. ^ Mark Juddery, "Craig Lahiff: under-appreciated and talented Australian filmmaker" Sydney Morning Herald 5 March 2014 accessed 11 March 2014

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