Touch and Go (1980 film)

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Touch and Go
Directed byPeter Maxwell
Produced byJohn Pellatt
Written byPeter Yeldham
StarringWendy Hughes
Chantal Contouri
Carmen Duncan
Jon English
Jeanie Drynan
Distributed byGreater Union
Release date
12 June 1980
Running time
93 min.

Touch and Go is a 1980 Australian heist film directed by Peter Maxwell and starring Wendy Hughes.


The film was the idea of director Peter Maxwell. It was originally intended to be set on Hayman Island but Reg Ansett, who had interests on the island at the time, was not keen on showing a robbery on the island.[2]

It was made with funding from Greater Union, the Queensland Film Corporation and Australian Film Commission.[3][4]

Shooting began in November 1979 with a month's worth of filming at Maroochydore and Noose Heads, and eight weeks of night shooting in Sydney. Scenes set in a Barrier Reef island were shot at a Maroochydore hotel. Its original shooting title was Friday the 13th but this was changed when the horror movie with the same name came out.[1]


The film only ran for three weeks in a cinema in Brisbane.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Paul Harris, "Touch and Go", Australian Film 1978-1992, Oxford Uni Press, p67
  2. ^ Paul Davies, "Peter Yeldham", Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p214
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p309-310
  4. ^ "Six women steal the show". The Australian Women's Weekly. 47 (35). 30 January 1980. p. 33. Retrieved 28 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.

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