The Boys in the Island

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The Boys in the Island
Directed by Geoff Bennett
Produced by Jane Scott
Written by Christopher Koch
Tony Morphett
Based on novel by Christopher Koch
Starring Yves Stening
Great Scott Pictures
Release date
Running time
107 mins
Country Australia
Language English

Boys in the Island is a 1989 Australian film based on the 1958 novel by Chris Koch.[1]


In the 1950s teenage Frank dreams of leaving Tasmania for Melbourne.


At one stage Gillian Armstrong had wanted to film the book and approached Koch to make it, but she then elected to make Mrs Soffel instead. Koch decided to make the film himself, and, bitten by his experiences on The Year of Living Dangerously, he decided to keep as much control as he could. He wrote a script with friend Tony Morphett and attached director Carl Schultz. Funds were raised through Antony I. Ginnane and his company, International Film Management Limited. They eventually pulled out but the investors elected to keep going. However, by then Schultz was tied up with post production on The Seventh Sign; four weeks before pre production Geoff Bennett stepped in instead.[2][3]


  1. ^ Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p20
  2. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p171-172
  3. ^ Kathy Ball, "Boys in the Island", Cinema Papers, May 1989 p37-38

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