The Clean Machine

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The Clean Machine
Directed byKen Cameron
Produced byTerry Hayes
Doug Mitchell
George Miller
Written byKen Cameron
Terry Hayes
Richard Mortlock
StarringSteve Bisley
Grigor Taylor
Ed Devereuax
CinematographyDean Semler
Distributed byNetwork Ten
Release date
22 May 1988
Running time
90 mins

The Clean Machine is a 1988 Australian tele movie about police corruption starring Steve Bisley. It was one of four telemovies made by Kennedy Miller around this time.[1]


Inspector Eddie Riordan is appointed to head a new anti-corruption squad.


The director was Ken Cameron:

They asked me did I want to make it on 35mm. Now, I've always wondered whether I made a big mistake by not doing it on 35mm. But I don't think it would have been a success in the cinema. It wouldn't have had the density that it had on television. In terms of big screen, I could not have had the production values; the money wouldn't have stretched that far. So I don't know. There's a turning point. You never know what these turning points mean. But I knew one of the factors was that we didn't have Mel Gibson in the lead. I think Steve's terrific in it, but to release it as a movie in that genre, you almost needed Mel or a star.[2]

Cameron did say doing the movie revived his career after the box office failure of The Umbrella Woman.[2]


  1. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p26
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Ken Cameron", Signet, 12 April 1996 Archived 21 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine accessed 18 November 2012

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