The Fourth Wish

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The Fourth Wish
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Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by John Mirros
Jill Robb (associate)
Matt Carroll (associate)
Written by Michael Craig
Based on TV series The Fourth Wish by Michael Craig
Starring John Meillon
Robert Bettles
Music by Tristram Cary
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Production
company
Release date
16 July 1976
Running time
107 mins.
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU$240,000[1]

The Fourth Wish is a 1976 Australian family film directed by Don Chaffey based on a three-part 1974 TV drama from the ABC.[2]

Plot[edit]

Casey learns that his 12-year-old son Sean has leukaemia and will die in a few months. Casey leaves his job to devote himself to making his son happy, seeing to grant three wishes of Sean: to own a dog, be reunited with his mother, and meet the Queen.

Cast[edit]

Original Mini-series[edit]

The Fourth Wish
Written by Michael Craig
Directed by Eric Taylor
Starring John Meillon
Mark Shields-Brown
Noeline Brown
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3 x 75 mins
Release
Original network ABC
Original release 11 July 1974

The original mini series aired in 1974.[3] John Meillion won a Best Actor Logie for his performance.[4]

Production[edit]

John Meillon had appeared in the TV show. He formed Galaxy Productions, a company with Michael Craig and Don Chaffey to make the movie.[5]

Shooting began in Adelaide in November 1975 with Robert Bettles replacing Mark Shields as Sean.[1][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 301
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p197
  4. ^ "Logies for Ernie and Ding Dong.". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 8 March 1975. p. 1. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "'THE FOURTH WISH'.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 24 March 1976. p. 31. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "'THE FOURTH WISH'.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 24 March 1976. p. 31. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

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