Next of Kin (1982 film)

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Next of Kin
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Tony Williams
Produced by Robert Le Tet
Written by Michael Heath
Tony Williams
Starring Jackie Kerin
John Jarratt
Music by Klaus Schulze
Cinematography Gary Hansen
Edited by Max Lemon
Release date
Running time
89 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$228,251[1]

Next of Kin is a 1982 Australian horror film directed by Tony Williams.[2]

The screenplay is by Tony Williams and Michael Heath[3] and starring Jacki Kerin and John Jarratt.[3][4]

The film was featured in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood where it was praised by Quentin Tarantino.[citation needed]


Linda (Kerin) inherits a retirement home called Montclare, a foreboding but apparently harmless place. While on a trip home to settle her deceased mother's estate, strange deaths begin to occur in the home. Eventually, Linda uncovers her mother's diary, which details identical events that occurred twenty years earlier.


  • Jacki Kerin as Linda Stevens
  • John Jarratt as Barney
  • Alex Scott as Dr. Barton
  • Gerda Nicolson as Connie
  • Charles McCallum as Lance
  • Bernadette Gibson as Mrs. Ryan/Rita
  • Robert Ratti as Kelvin
  • Vince Deltito as Nico
  • Tommy Dysart as Harry
  • Debra Lawrance as Carol
  • Matt Burns as Mr. Collins
  • Kristina Marshall as Linda Stevens (age 4)


Despite no Rotten Tomatoes approval rating Next of Kin currently has a 62% audience score.[5] The film's pacing and atmosphere have been compared to that of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.[citation needed]


Award Category Subject Result
(1982 Australian Film Institute Awards)
Best Editing Max Lemon Nominated
Mystfest Special Mention Tony Williams Won
Sitges Film Festival Clavell de Plata Daurada for Best Director Won


  1. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" Film Victoria accessed 14 November 2012
  2. ^ "Next of Kin". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "Next of Kin Details". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Stratton, David (1990). The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry. Pan Macmillan. p. 300. 
  5. ^ "Next of Kin". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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