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John Flaus

1934-

John Flaus is '... a scholar, teacher, poet, cinephile, actor, broadcaster, tireless board member, mentor, script advisor, milkman, receptionist and later script assessor for Patricia Edgar at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, much in-demand voiceover artist, archivist collector, writer and, always, anarchist.' Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema.

American Poet's Visit, The (Michael Thornhill, 1969) wr. Ken Quinnell from story by Frank Moorhouse, dp Russell Boyd; Richard Brennan, John Flaus, Barrett Hodsdon, Sandra Levy, George Molnar, Albie Thoms; short, 16 min.

Yackety Yak (Dave Jones, 1974) wr. prod. ed. Dave Jones, dp Gordon Glenn, sound Peter Beilby, Lloyd Carrick; Dave Jones, John Flaus, Peter Carmody, Peggy Cole, Jerzy Toeplitz; look at low-budget film-making; comedy; Melbourne; colour, 16 mm. 86 min.

Queensland (John Ruane, 1976) prod. Christopher Fitchett, wr. John Ruane and Ellery Ryan, dp Ellery Ryan, ed. Mark Norfolk; John Flaus, Bob Karl, Alison Bird, Tom Broadbridge, Jack Mobbs, Patricia Condon; Melbourne, colour, 16mm, 52 min.

Blood Money (Christopher Fitchett, 1980) prod. Tom Broadbridge and Chris Oliver for Filmworks; wr. Christopher Fitchett, John Ruane, Ellery Ryan; dp Ellery Ryan; ed. Chris Oliver; John Flaus, Bryan Brown, Peter Curtain, Chrissie James, Sue Jones, John Proper, Peter Stratford; Eastman colour, 16 mm, 64/72 min.; b/w; VHS

Palm Beach (Albie Thoms, 1980) prod. Albie Thoms, wr. Albie Thoms, dp Oscar Scherl, music Terry Hannigan, design Dave Fennell, Abe Follington, ed. Albie Thoms; Nat Young, Ken Brown, Amanda Berry, Bryan Brown, Julie McGregor, Lyn Collingwood, John Flaus, David Elfick; Albie Thoms' only feature film, notable for use of sound; experimental narrative feature; Eastman colour, 35mm, 88 min.

Wronsky (Ian Pringle, 1980) wr. Ian Pringle, Doug Ling, prod. Ian Pringle for Seon Film Productions, dp Ray Argall, ed. Tony Paterson; Miranda Brown, Phil Dagg, John Flaus, Rob Jordan, Doug Ling, Lisa Parish, Ross Thompson, Frank Walsh; drama; Eastman colour, 16 mm, 70 min.

Plains of Heaven, The (Ian Pringle, 1982) prod. John Cruthers for Seon Films, wr. Ian Pringle, Doug Ling, Elizabeth Parsons, dp Ray Argall, composer Andew Duffield, design Elizabeth Stirling, ed. Ray Argall; Adam Briscombe, Jenny Cartwright, Reg Evans, John Flaus, Gerard Kennedy, Richard Moir; Fuji colour, 16 mm, 80 min.

Bootleg (John Prescott, 1985) John Flaus, Ian Nimmo, Ray Meagher, Carmen Duncan; low budget drama with confusing story of mistaken identity

My Country (Angus Caffrey, 1985) John Flaus

Traps (John Hughes, 1985) prod. John Hughes, wr. John Hughes, Paul Davies, dp Jaems Grant, Erika Addis, ed. Zbigniew Friedrich; Carolyn Howard, Paul Davies, John Flaus, Gwenda Wiseman; CIA involvement in Oz Politics after the fall of Whitlam; colour, 16 mm, 96 min.

Feathers (John Ruane, 1987) wr. John Ruane from story by Raymond Carver, prod. Timothy White; James Laurie, Neil Melville, Rebecca Gilling, Julie Forsyth, John Flaus, Angus Diamond; short; c. 50 min.

Hungry Heart (Luigi Acquisto, 1987) aka Lay Off wr. Luigi Acquisto, prod. Rosa Colosimo; Nick Carrafa, Kimberly Davenport, Lisa Schouw, Dagmar Blahova, Norman Kaye, John Flaus, Sheila Florance

Stroker (John Laurie, 1988) John Flaus; experimental; unreleased

Jigsaw (Marc Gracie, 1989) wr. Marc Gracie, Christopher Thompson, prod. Rosa Colosimo; Rebecca Gibney, Dominic Sweeney, David Bradshaw, Michael Coard, Nick Lathouris, Terence Donovan, Gary Day, John Flaus

Bloodlust (Jon Hewitt, Richard Wolstencroft, 1991) wr Jon Hewitt, Richard Wolstencroft, Windhover Productions; Big Bad Ralph, Kelly Chapman, Max Crawdaddy, John Flaus, Phil Motherwell; see Metro, 120, 1999: 24-27 (on Redball); horror, scifi, action, thriller; vampires; follows plotline of Fatal Attraction

People Who Still Use Milk Bottles (Brian McKenzie, 1991) dp Ray Argall; Barry Dickins, John Flaus, Melissa Jaffer, Barry Jones

Lilian's Story (Jerzy Domaradzki, 1996) prod. Marian Macgowan, novel Kate Grenville 1984, based on Bea Miles; Ruth Cracknell, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, John Flaus; we see Lilian's father having sex with her; review by Peter Malone in Cinema Papers, no. 110, June 1996; (cf. NZ film The Heart of the Stag, where there is less or no trauma; cf. also another film with Cracknell, The Singer and the Dancer); Collette won Best Supporting Actress AFIs 1996

Castle, The (Rob Sitch, 1997) wr. Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch; prod. Debra Choate, Michael Hirsh; Michael Caton (Darryl Kerrigan), Anne Tenney (Sal Kerrigan), Stephen Curry (Dale Kerrigan), Anthony Simcoe (Steve Kerrigan), Sophie Lee (Tracy Kerrigan), Wayne Hope (Wayne Kerrigan), Tiriel Mora (Dennis Denuto), Eric Bana (Con Petropoulous), Charles Tingwell (Lawrence Hammill), Robyn Nevin (Federal Court Judge), Costas Kilias (Farouk), Bryan Dawe (Ron Graham), Monty Maizels (Jack), Lynda Gibson (Evonne), John Bento (Mr. Lyle), Laurie Dobson (John Clifton), Stephanie Daniel (Council Officer), John Flaus (Sgt Kennedy); narrated from the point of view of one of the sons, Dale; 93 min.

Jack Irish: Bad Debts (Jeffrey Walker, 2012) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Damien Richardon, Shane Jacobson, Vadim Glowna, Colin Friels, Steve Bisley, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys

Jack Irish: Black Tide (Jeffrey Walker, 2012) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Damien Richardon, Shane Jacobson, Vadim Glowna, Don Hany, Diana Glenn, Alexandra Schepisi, Lachy Hulme, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys

Tracks (John Curran, 2013) prod. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, wr. Marion Nelson, John Curran, dp Mandy Walker; Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, John Flaus; Robyn Davidson's story; premiere Adelaide FF October 2013; Aust release 6 March 2014

Jack Irish: Dead Point (Jeffrey Walker, 2014) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman, Vince Colosimo, Kat Stewart, Barry Humphries, Dominic Allburn, John Jarratt, Tess Haubrich, Lloyd Bissell, Timothy Joseph Clarke, Colin Masters, Rod Smith, Kate Beahan, Felicity Steel, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Damien Garvey, Kimesia Hartz, Tina Bursill, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys, Damien Richardson, Sarah Roberts, Madeleine Madden, Tyler Mander, Jaylene Watts, Ben Gerrard, James O'Connell, Paul Ireland


Flaus, John 1992, 'Thanks for your heart, Bart', Continuum, Vol. 5, No. 2: Film: Matters of Style, ed. Adrian Martin.

John Flaus bibliography at Senses of Cinema, 2014

The John Flaus Dossier in Senses of Cinema, 2014

Baxter, John, 'Down Nightmare Alley with John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

Brennan, Richard, 'Dr Flaustus (who didn't have to sell his soul', Senses of Cinema.

Brown, Bryan, 'Happy birthday, John', Senses of Cinema.

Danks, Adrian, '"Keep the coffee hot, Hugo", a celebration for John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

Edgar, Patricia, 'The John Flaus I know', Senses of Cinema.

Fitchett, Chris, 'Flausy', Senses of Cinema.

Hodsdon, Bruce, 'Bubbles in a coffee cup: the film criticism of John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

Kaufman, Tina, 'John Flaus through the pages of FilmNews', Senses of Cinema.

Lawson, Sylvia, 'Words for John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

McDonald, Neil, 'John Flaus: a tribute', Senses of Cinema.

Stratton, David, 'For John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

Thornhill, Michael, 'John Flaus: critic of fortune', Senses of Cinema.

Winkler, Paul, 'Reminiscences of John Flaus', Senses of Cinema.

Martin, Adrian 1986, 'Say it with Flaus', XPress, vol. 1, no. 5, August-October: 14-15.


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