The Boy Who Had Everything

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The Boy Who Had Everything
The Boy Who Had Everything.jpg
VHS cover as Winner Takes All
Directed by Stephen Wallace
Produced by Richard Mason
Julia Overton
Written by Stephen Wallace
Starring Jason Connery
Diane Cilento
Laura Williams
Music by Ralph Schneider
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Edited by Henry Dangar
Alfred Road Films
Multi Films Investments Limited
Distributed by Hoyts-Edgley
Release date
  • 22 May 1984 (1984-05-22)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1.1 million[1]

The Boy Who Had Everything is a 1984 Australian film written and directed by Stephen Wallace.[2] Its video title was Winner Takes All. It won the award for best screenplay at the Australian Film Institute.[3] Jason Connery and Diane Cilento, who play mother and son in the film, are real-life mother and son.[4] The film was also entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.[5]


Johnny Kirkland (Connery) is a university student having problems with his alcoholic and emotionally damaged mother (Cilento), who was recently divorced. At school, his fraternity brothers find out that Johnny excelled in his high school academically and in sports, and try to prevent him from achieving the same level of success. Johnny also has problems with his girlfriend Robin (Williams).

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Jason Connery John Kirkland
Diane Cilento Mother
Laura Williams Robin
Lewis Fitz-Gerald Vandervelt
Ian Gilmour Pollack
Nique Needles Graham Cummerford
Monroe Reimers Andrew Afferson


The film was autobiographical for Wallace. The original draft started when the lead character was 28 but this was changed to begin when he was at university because it was felt this would make the movie more commercial.[6] It was also set further back in the past, as the suggestion of script editor Sandra Levy. Producer Richard Mason came up with the idea it should be set in the 1960s.[6]

The movie was meant to be the first of several made by a new company, Multi Films, but they ended up making only this.[1]

Wallace says he was unhappy with the casting:

Diane Cilento tried to play working-class, but it just didn't work. Robyn Nevin wanted to play that part, and I think she should have. Jason Connery was very young then and he was very nervous about the film and thought it would ruin his image, and he was never very friendly to me. He did the film, but he thought I was ruining his career.[6]


  1. ^ a b David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p356-357
  2. ^ Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p19
  3. ^ "Awards for The Boy Who Had Everything". 
  4. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "The Boy Who Had Everything > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "14th Moscow International Film Festival (1985)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  6. ^ a b c "Interview with Stephen Wallace", Signis, 21 November 1998 accessed 21 November 2012 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "wallace" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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