The Interview (1998 film)

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The Interview
The Interview.JPG
Film poster.
Directed by Craig Monahan
Produced by Bill Hughes
Written by Craig Monahan
Gordon Davie
Starring Hugo Weaving
Tony Martin
Aaron Jeffery
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Simon Duggan
Edited by Suresh Ayyar
Distributed by Sullivan Entertainment
The Cinema Guild
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 20 August 1998 (1998-08-20)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $556,264

The Interview is a 1998 Australian thriller film from writer-director Craig Monahan, and is the first of two films directed by Monahan. Almost the entire film takes place in a police interrogation room, with some short flashback sequences, and the cast consists primarily of three key actors—Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, and Aaron Jeffery.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Eddie Rodney Fleming (Weaving) is a quiet, nervous man who recently lost his job and family. One morning, Eddie is seized from his apartment for unknown reasons by two cops. They take him to headquarters and question him about a stolen car. But as tempers rise and the truth is slowly unraveled, it is revealed there is more to this interview than meets the eye.



Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(1998 AFI Awards)
Best Film Bill Hughes Won
Best Direction Craig Monahan Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Won
Gordon Davie Won
Best Actor Hugo Weaving Won
Best Cinematography Simon Duggan Nominated
Best Editing Suresh Ayyar Nominated
Best Original Music Score David Hirschfelder Nominated
Best Sound Peter Palankay Nominated
Peter D. Smith Nominated
John Wilkinson Nominated
Steve Witherow Nominated
Best Production Design David Hirschfelder Nominated
FCCA Awards Best Film Bill Hughes Nominated
Best Director Craig Monahan Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Won
Gordon Davie Won
Best Actor Hugo Weaving Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Tony Martin Nominated
Best Cinematography Simon Duggan Won
Best Music Score David Hirschfelder Won
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent Student Jury Award Craig Monahan Won
Montreal World Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention Won
Grand Prix des Amériques Nominated
Best Actor Hugo Weaving Won
Torino Film Festival Prize of the City of Torino for Best Feature Film Craig Monahan Nominated

Alternate ending[edit]

An alternate ending of the film was featured on the DVD release. In this version, Eddie Rodney Fleming is seen hitchhiking along a desolate road. A car stops and Barry Walls (Caton) offers him a ride. Fleming accepts and they drive away, followed at a distance by Steele (Martin) on his motorcycle, no doubt intending to enforce some vigilante justice.

Box office[edit]

The Interview grossed $556,263 at the box office in Australia.[2]

Home media[edit]

The Interview was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in July 2011. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as audio commentary by Craig Monahan, deleted scenes, the alternate ending and cast and crew interviews.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fincina Hopgood, "Reading the Interview", Cinema Papers, August 1998 p16-18
  2. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  3. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 5 August 2013.

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