The Office Picnic
|The Office Picnic|
|Directed by||Tom Cowan|
|Produced by||Tom Cowan|
|Written by||Tom Cowan|
|Edited by||Kit Guyatt|
Child's Play Moving Picture Company
|Distributed by||Tom Cowan|
A group of public servants go on an annual picnic. Two of them, Peter and Elly, disappear.
- John Wood as Clyde
- Kate Fitzpatrick as Mara
- Philip Deamer as Peter
- Gaye Steele as Elly
- Ben Gabriel as Mr Johnson
- Max Cullen as Jim O'Casey
- Anne Tait
- Francis Flannigan
- Bryon Kennedy
- Graham Richards
Cowan got the idea to make the film while walking through the bush during shooting of a documentary in the Victorian countryside. He says he was also influenced by the novels of Patrick White and the films of Antonioni.
The film was shot on 35mm using a budget in part funded by the Experimental Film and Television Fund. It started in January 1972 but the money ran out during filming and there was a hiatus until filming resumed in April. The shoot took fifteen days in all.
The film was successfully previewed at Toorak and for a time it looked as though it would be distributed by British Empire Films but in the end most commercial screenings were arranged by the director.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p266
- "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p184-185
- Interview with Tom Cowan, 12 November 1998 Archived 14 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 11 Oct 2012
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