Teesh and Trude
|Teesh and Trude|
|Directed by||Melanie Rodriga (aka Melanie Read)|
|Produced by||Melissa Hasluck
Melanie Rodriga (aka Melanie Read)
|Written by||Vanessa Lomma
|Music by||Tim Count
Keith Van Geyzel
|Edited by||Merlin Cornish|
Teesh and Trude is an Australian drama directed by Melanie Rodriga, and was adapted from an original stage-play by Wilson McCaskill. The film was produced and shot entirely in Western Australia with Production Investment Funding Support from ScreenWest and Lotterywest. It was shot on video at Murdoch University where New Zealand director Melanie Rodriga teaches (Rodrgia previously made a couple of New Zealand films in the 1980s, Trial Run and Send A Gorilla).
Teesh (Susie Porter), an unemployed single mother in her twenties, shares a flat with an older, divorced friend, Trude (Linda Cropper). Teesh is starting to crack under the strain of taking care of her son Kenny (Mason Richardson) and her problems only get worse when her abusive father (Bill McClusky), who’s just been released from prison, visits. 
Trude is also having problems with her macho boyfriend Rod (Peter Phelps), who must complete a major paving contract at the shopping mall to save his ailing construction company. Meanwhile, Trude pines after her own children, who are apparently living with their father in a different state.
- Susie Porter as Letitia (Teesh)
- Linda Cropper as Trudy (Trude)
- Jacob Allan as Les
- Peter Phelps as Rod
- Bill McClusky as Bob
- Mason Richardson as Kenny
- Igor Sas as Gary
- Kazimir Sas as Craig
- Francoise Sas as Lelia
- Adam Crouch as Wes
Urban Cinefile said that "This may not be the worst local film of the year, but at 93 minutes it still seems to last forever."
David Stratton said "The film was obviously produced on the most minimal budget, and its theatrical origins are very obvious, but, despite these limitations, the film impresses because of the excellent acting."
- Teesh and Trude at the Internet Movie Database
- Teesh and Trude @ Screen Australia (formerly Australian Film Commission)
- Murray, Scott; (ed.) (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 252. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.
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