The King Is Dead!

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The King Is Dead!
Theatrical film poster
Directed byRolf de Heer
Written byRolf de Heer
Produced byRolf de Heer
Nils Erik Nielsen
StarringDan Wyllie
Bojana Novakovic
Gary Waddell
CinematographyIan Jones
Edited byTania Nehme
Music byGraham Tardif
Vertigo Productions Pty. Ltd.
Distributed byFandango Portobello Sales
Pinnacle Films
Release date
  • 12 July 2012 (2012-07-12)
Running time
102 minutes
BudgetA$1.2 million[1]

The King Is Dead! is a 2012 Australian comedy drama thriller film directed by Rolf de Heer about a young couple who are tormented by the neighbour from hell.


Max (Dan Wyllie) and Therese (Bojana Novakovic) have just moved into a new house, unfortunately they are now next door to a strange man named King (Gary Waddell). At first, things seem to go smoothly until King and his friends become trouble with Max and Therese and they both suspect he may be a drug dealer, so Max and Therese concoct a plan to have King move out of their neighbourhood.



Forty percent of the budget came from Screen Australia with additional investment from the South Australian Film Corp, Pinnacle, the sales agent Fandango Portobello International, and Chinese investor Bruno Wu's Locus Global Entertainment.[2]


Award Category Subject Result
Best Supporting Actor Gary Waddell Nominated
AFCA Awards Best Film Nils Erik Nielsen Nominated
Rolf de Heer Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Gary Waddell Won
Best Music Score Graham Tardif Nominated


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