The Slim Dusty Movie

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The Slim Dusty Movie
Directed by Rob Stewart
Starring Slim Dusty
Joy McKean
Jon Blake
Release date
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$2.3 million.[1]

The Slim Dusty Movie is a 1984 Australian feature film directed by Rob Stewart and starring Slim Dusty, Joy McKean, Jon Blake and Mary Charleston.[2]

The Film[edit]

The film dramatises the early life and career of Australian country music singer/songwriter Slim Dusty, interspersed with footage of a 1980s round Australia tour by the Slim Dusty family and featuring several songs from Dusty's long career, including Pub With No Beer, When the Rain Tumbles Down in July, Lights on the Hill and Indian Pacific. Slim Dusty was Australia's most prolific musical artist, who died in 2003 while working on his 106th album for EMI Records. His wife Joy McKean and children Anne Kirkpatrick and David Kirpatrick are all accomplished country music singers who perform in the film on stage with Dusty. A number of Dusty's song writers and old friends appear in the film, including Stan Coster and Gordon Parsons.

Directed by Rob Stewart (whose credits include 1983's For the Term of His Natural Life) and with cinematography by David Eggby (Mad Max, 1979), the film features Australian landscapes prominently and is essentially a biographical documentary. Shot in diverse locations, it includes live performances at the Sydney Opera House, Bowen, Charters Towers, Mount Isa, the Peppimenarti, Northern Territory aboriginal settlement and elsewhere.

Cast & crew[edit]

Director: Rob Stewart
Producer: Kent Chadwick
Cinematography: David Eggby
Music Producer: Rod Coe
Audio Post: Roger Savage
Sound Recordist: Paul Clarke
Sound Assistant: Chris Piper
Concert Sound Mixer: Clive Jones
Slim Dusty as himself
Joy McKean as herself
Anne Kirkpatrick as herself
David Kirkpatrick as himself
Jon Blake as Young Slim Dusty
Mary Charlston as Young Heather McKean
Earl Francis as the Country Radio announcer
Jeanette Leigh as Milkbar waitress
Sandy Paul as Young Joy McKean
Beverley Phillips as Slim's mother
Jimmy Sharman as himself
Tom Travers as Slim's father
James Wright as City Radio announcer

Box office[edit]

The Slim Dusty Movie grossed $225,000 at the box office in Australia,[3] which is equivalent to $571,500 in 2009 dollars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, March–April 1984 p76
  2. ^ The Slim Dusty Movie (1984) - IMDb
  3. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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