My First Wife
|My First Wife|
|Directed by||Paul Cox|
|Produced by||Paul Cox|
|Written by||Bob Ellis|
|Music by||Ann Boyd|
|Edited by||Tim Lewis|
|13 September 1984|
|Box office||A$413,199 (Australia)|
The film follows the dissolution of John and Helen's marriage and the aftermath.
- John Hargreaves as John
- Wendy Hughes as Helen
- Lucy Angwin as Lucy
- David Cameron as Tom
- Anna Maria Monticelli as Hilary
- Betty Lucas as Helen's Mother
- Lucy Uralov as John's Mother
- Robin Lovejoy as Helen's father
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as Helen's Father
- Jon Finlayson as Bernard
- Julia Blake as Kirstin
The film was based on the breakdown of Cox's marriage. He started writing the script, showed it to Bob Ellis and the two men wrote the screenplay together. (Ellis says they spent a day and a half on it.)
The film was shot mostly at a house in Williamstown in Melbourne.
Coir: Members of the Tudor Choristers directed by David Carolane
Christoph Willibald Gluck: “Orpheus & Euridice.”
Berliner Symphoniker – Hermann Prey
Conductor – Horst Stein
Joseph Haydn - “Paukenmesse”
Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor – Rafael Kubelik, Polygram
Ann Boyd - “As I crossed a Bridge of Dreams”, “Cycle of love”, Faber Music Ltd.
Carl Orff - “Carmine Burana”
Czech Philarmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Conducted by Vaclev Smetacek, Supraphon
Rene Geyer - “Hot Minuets”, Mushroom Records, Australia
Frans Sussmayr - “Grandfather's Birthday Celebration”, Hungarian Radio Children’s Chorus, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Conductor – Laszlo Csanyl
My First Wife grossed $413,199 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $1,049,525 in 2009 dollars.
My First Wife won in 1984 AFI Awards in the Best Actor in a Lead Role (John Hargreaves), Best Director (Paul Cox), Best Original Screenplay (Paul Cox, Bob Ellis) categories and was nominated in 4 more categories. Paul Cox also won the 1986 Grand Prix award at the Flanders International Film Festival in 1986.
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p99-100
- Interview with Bob Ellis, 13 August 1996 accessed 14 October 2012
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 25 November 2010 at WebCite
- IMDb awards
- Murray, Scott; (ed.) (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 275. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.
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