Struck by Lightning (1990 film)

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Struck by Lightning
Directed by Jerzy Domaradzki
Produced by Terry J. Charatsis
Trevor Farrant
Written by Trevor Farrant
Starring Garry McDonald
Brian Vriends
Catherine McClements
Music by Paul Smyth
Cinematography Yuri Sokol
Edited by Simon James
Release date
  • 11 October 1990 (1990-10-11)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$2.6 million[1]

Struck by Lightning is a 1990 Australian film directed by Jerzy Domaradzki. The film was nominated in 4 AFI Award categories, including Best Director and Best Film. It won the film award at the Human Rights Medal and Awards in 1990.[2]

Plot Summary[edit]

Garry McDonald plays Ollie, a grumpy alcoholic workshop supervisor at a shelter called Saltmarsh. He hires Pat (Brian Vriends), a school teacher, to develop an experimental fitness program for the intellectually disabled young adults in the shelter. Pat teaches P.E and decides to try to get them involved in soccer, with some interesting results. Jill is Ollie's social worker, who Ollie calls 'the bitch'.


  • Garry McDonald as Ollie Rennie
  • Brian Vriends as Pat Cannizzaro
  • Catherine McClements as Jill McHugh
  • Henry Salter as Noel
  • Denis Moore as Foster
  • Briony Williams as Gail
  • Syd Brisbane as Spencer
  • Brian M. Logan as Kevin
  • Jon Fabian as Vince Cannizzaro


In February 1989 Jerzy Domaradzki was working with writer Trevor Farrant on another script when Farrant gave him the screenplay for Struck by Lightning. The director loved it, Terry Charatsis applied for funding to the Film Finance Corporation and managed to get the film up.[3] It was shot in November 1989 in Adelaide.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hunter Cordaiy, "Independence with Dignity: Struck by Lightning", Cinema Papers, May 1990 p24-29
  2. ^
  3. ^ Hunter Cordaiy, "Jerzy Domaradzki", Cinema Papers, May 1990 p30-32
  4. ^ "Interview with JERZY DOMARADSKI", Signet, 1 May 1996 accessed 18 November 2012
  • Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 397. ISBN 1-86373-311-6. 

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