Talk:ABBA: The Movie

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"Australian documentary film"? Like in an Autralian movie? I don't think so! This is by all sense a Swedish documentary made to some parts in Australia (you would be surprised if you knew how much of it that actually was shot in Sweden!). Reg Grundy invested some money into the project and was therefor eventually credited as a "producer", but he wasn't even involved from the beginning! He is the only Australian connection to a movie made by a Swedish film production company with a completely Swedish film crew (the fact that two of the cinematogaphers were not born in Sweden doesn't matter) about some Swedes touring Australia in 1977. All editing, post-production and all prints were made in Sweden. I was heavily involved with the sound post-production myself. "Category Australian documentary films" doesn't belong here! I will remove it soon! --Towpilot (talk) 08:56, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Rubbish! I'm willing to bet the film was Reg Grundy's idea to take advantage of Abba's tour to Australia and their popularity there. The main actors in the film (apart from ABBA themselves, who one could hardly call actors), are all Australian: Robert Hughes, Tom Oliver, and Bruce Barry. The fans are all Australian, too. It's hardly a Swedish film - being in the English language! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.9.151.254 (talk) 09:57, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

It's not a documentary film. It's a 'movie'. Although it features a lot of footage of ABBA on tour, and in concert it has an over-all story. It has people in roles such as Robert Hughes as a disc jokey, the centre of the over-all plot as he attempts to get an interview with ABBA. It is after-all called ABBA: The Movie

Yes, it's filmed in Australia and has Australian actors. The Australian market was a huge success for ABBA (there's a great affinity between Australia and ABBA; Mental As Anything had a song Berserk Warriors, and during the opening ceremony to the Sydney Olympics ABBA music was the only non-Australian music played)

However this is not an Australian film. It is a foreign film filmed in Australia. This is not the only time. Walkabout is another film made in Australia by foreigners. In this case Stig Anderson (a Swede) is a producer. Lasse Hallström (another Swede) is director.

At best it's a Swedo-Australian film.

Montalban (talk) 06:26, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

I agree with you. It's hardly a "swedish documentary" as described by one previous author.

Bruce Barry / Bruce S Barry[edit]

Recently another editor put a link for the name "Bruce Barry" to an article about Bruce S Barry however the one in this film is not an American.

His imdb infomration is here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0057947/ showing he's from Queensland.

Montalban (talk) 02:50, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Production[edit]

There is no mention in this article of the concert audio, which with the possible exception of the singalong portion of Fernando was all extensively re-recorded, as can be evidenced by comparing any of the bootleg recordings with the movie soundtrack. Pete3194 (talk) 17:05, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

I worked with this movie on the entire post-production with the sound mixing. The only song of the concert audio that have been "adjusted" after is 'Tiger' where all drums have been replaced due to technical recording problems on stage caused by the heavy rain. --Towpilot (talk) 11:25, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Release formats[edit]

The movie was released on VHS and I think Laser Disc long before any of the DVD/Blu-ray etc. releases listed. Pete3194 (talk) 17:05, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Trivia[edit]

There is much scope for a trivia/bloopers section in this article.

Examples:

The course of the tour in the movie does not follow the real itinerary, which went Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth. However, the fact that in the movie the tour ends in Melbourne does not make sense either, as Ashley's radio station, 2TW, is in country New South Wales and he is seen travelling from Melbourne to the station by taxi.

The Prime Minister of Australia at the time, Malcolm Fraser, appears with his family and ABBA in one shot during the I'm A Marionette sequence. Pete3194 (talk) 17:05, 15 July 2012 (UTC)