Grievous Bodily Harm

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Grievous Bodily Harm
Directed by Mark Joffe
Produced by Richard Brennan
Written by Warwick Hind
Starring Colin Friels
John Waters
Bruno Lawrence
Music by Chris Neal
Cinematography Ellery Ryan
Edited by Marc van Buuren
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU $3.4 million[1]
Box office $82,267 (Australia)
$1 million (US sale) [1]

Grievous Bodily Harm is a 1988 Australian crime film directed by Mark Joffe starring Colin Friels and John Waters.


Crime reporter Tom Stewart (Colin Friels) and a cop (Bruno Lawrence) look for a deranged schoolteacher (John Waters) who goes on a murder spree while looking for the lover he thought to be dead.



The script was written by Warwick Hind, a former executive at Greater Union. Errol Sullivan showed the script to Richard Brennan, who raised up to around a $1 million of the budget; the remainder was raised through Antony I. Ginnane. Richard Brennan says the actual cost of the film was $3 million but various fees put it up to $3.4 million.[1]


The film was nominated for 4 AFI Awards in 1988, including best picture.

Box Office[edit]

Grievous Bodily Harm grossed $82,267 at the box office in Australia.[2] However it did sell to American company Fries Entertainment for over $1 million.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p238-240
  2. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

Further reading[edit]

  • Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 258. ISBN 1-86373-311-6. 

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