Feature films and telemovies in chronological order
Cattle King, The (Bill Bennett, 1983) wr. Bill Bennett; story of Sir Sydney Kidman; Jennifer Cluff, Scott Burgess, Martin Vaughan; 60 min.; VHS; ABC Video
Shipwrecked (Bill Bennett, 1984) wr. Bill Bennett; Aileen Belcher, Bill Belcher; telemovie doco
Street to Die, A* (Bill Bennett, 1985) wr. Bill Bennett; Chris Haywood, Jennifer Cluff [Bennett], Robin Ramsay, Pat Evison, Arianthe Galani, Peter Hehir; Colin (Chris Haywood) dies of the effects of Agent Orange, to which he was exposed in Vietnam
Backlash (Bill Bennett, 1986) prod. Bill Bennett for Mermaid Beach Productions, wr. Bill Bennett, with dialogue by the cast, dp Tony Wilson, music Michael Atkinson, Michael Spicer, ed. Denise Hunter; David Argue, Gia Carides, Lydia Miller, Brian Syron; drama, thriller; Eastman colour, 35 mm, 89 min.
Jilted* (Bill Bennett, 1987) aka Lovers; wr. Bill Bennett; Richard Muir, Jennifer Cluff [Bennett], Steve Jacobs, Tina Bursill; filmed Fraser Island Qld
Banjo and the Bard (Bill Bennett, 1987) wr. Bill Bennett; Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Brendan Higgins; VHS; drama; 60 min.
Dear Cardholder (Bill Bennett, 1987) wr. Bill Bennett; comedy; Robin Ramsay, Jennifer Cluff [Bennett], Marion Chirgwin, Jon Ewart, Patrick Cook, Bob Ellis; clerk acquires credit card, only to get deeper in debt
Malpractice (Bill Bennett, 1989) wr. Bill Bennett; telemovie; Caz Lederman, Bob Baines, Ian Gilmour; forceps used to deliver retarded child
Mortgage (Bill Bennett, 1989) wr. Bill Bennett; telemovie; Brian Vriends, Doris Younane, Bruce Venables, Andrew S. Gilbert, Paul Coolahan, Bob Ellis; doco-like drama
Spider and Rose* (Bill Bennett, 1994) wr. Bill Bennett; Ruth Cracknell, Simon Bossell; review by Jim Schembri in Murray 1995: 394; comedy based on age difference
Two If By Sea (Bill Bennett, 1996) Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary, Stephen Dillane; romcom; NOT Australasian
Kiss or Kill* (Bill Bennett, 1997) wr. Bill Bennett, prod. Bill Bennett, Jennifer Bennett, dp Malcolm McCulloch; Matt Day (Al), Frances O'Connor (Nikki), Chris Haywood (Hummer), Barry Otto (Adler Jones), Andrew S. Gilbert (Crean), Barry Langrishe (Zipper Doyle), Max Cullen (Stan), Syd Brisbane
In a Savage Land* (Bill Bennett, 1999) wr. & prod. Bill Bennett, Jennifer Bennett; Maya Stange, Martin Harrison, Rufus Sewell, John Howard, Max Cullen; AFI Nomination 1999
Tempted (Bill Bennett, 2001) wr. Bill Bennett; Saffron Burrows, Burt Reynolds, Mike Starr; set New Orleans; thriller
Nugget, The* (Bill Bennett, 2002) Eric Bana, Stephen Curry, Dave O'Neil, Belinda Emmett, Peter Moon, Vince Colosimo, Max Cullen, Jane Hall; comedy, set in Mudgee NSW; released 17 October 2002, released on DVD 5 March 2003; 97 min.
Fare, The (Bill Bennett, in production 2004) budget AUD$6.86mill; cab driver picks up American woman from airport to go to old goldfield in desert; apparently not made
Uninhabited* (Bill Bennett, 2010) wr. Bill Bennett; Geraldine Hakewill, Henry James, Tasia Zalar, Peter Phelps; supernatural thriller
Defiant (Bill Bennett) pre-production 2012; wr. Bill Bennett; Toni Collette, Dev Patel; young Indian lovers wanting to marry against the wishes of their parents who, as a result, have arranged to have them killed; third key character is a journalist, to be played by Collette; there is no sign of this happening as @ date
Intuition (planning 2015)
Bill Bennett as producer
Cut* (Kimble Rendall, 2000) prod. Martin Fabinyi, Bill Bennett, Jennifer Bennett, wr. Dave Warner, exec. prod. Michael Gudinski, Mushroom Pictures and Beyond Films; released 25 February 2000, thriller, horror; Kylie Minogue, Tiriel Mora, Jessica Napier, Sarah Kants, Molly Ringwald, Simon Bossell, Stephen Curry; killer begins to stalk the actors of a low budget horror film (Hot Blooded), killing them off one by one; group of film students attempt to finish a horror movie that stopped production years earlier when the director was killed; unaware that every attempt to complete the pic coincided with the murders of those involved, the students return to the original location in an isolated part of the country; when filming begins, so do the killings
Deck Dogz* (Steve Pasvolsky, 2004) released 5 January 2005, prod. Jennifer & Bill Bennett; teen skateboarding film; three boys go to meet hero Tony Hawk; Sean Kennedy, Ho Thi Lu; general release 6 January 2005; budget $4m, P&A $1m; niche target market segment 10-16 yo boys; FFC budget $2,611,539, box office $286,708
Bill Bennett as actor
Small parts in Alvin Purple* (1973 and Petersen* (1974)
Filmmaker follows his intuition
Inside Film, [Mon 17/08/2015 9:03 AM]
By Don Groves
In the past 11 months director/producer Bill Bennett has been criss-crossing the globe, filming interviews with holy men in India and the Himalayas, Aboriginal elders at Uluru, a direct descendant of the Sufi mystic Rumi in central Turkey, and theologians and philosophers at the Vatican.
Accompanied by his partner/producer Jennifer Cluff he’s roamed the US to talk to research scientists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and psychologists.
All that is in the service of his most personal project, the feature documentary PGS (Personal Guidance System) the Film.
Bennett, whose credits include Backlash, Spider & Rose, Kiss or Kill and The Nugget, embarked on a quest to understand what intuition is, where it comes from, and how to tap into it after a near-death experience.
“Several years ago I would have died in a car crash, if not for a flash of intuition,” he says. “In the end, I just want to know what saved my life. And why.”
His odyssey began in Dallas after an astrologer in Mumbai told the filmmaker he would make untold wealth and live like a king if he spent at least 15 days in the US city- but it may take 12 years.
In Dallas he met Joni Patry, a Vedic astrologer, who introduced him to a Turkish-based spiritualist, who in turn introduced him to a wealthy London-based jewellery designer, who helped raise money for the film. Another influential supporter is Dallas billionaire Trammell Crow, who has taken a keen interest in the project.
His travels are far from over. Bennett has been invited to Bhutan by the Royal family to shoot there and he intends to film in China and possibly South America too. Another trip to the US is on the itinerary.
Subject to finance, the film will be completed next May and will be released theatrically and VOD in November.
“What has come through very clearly with the people I’ve interviewed is that to really be in a position to access your intuition, you need to clean up your act personally,” he says.
“That means getting rid of anger, resentment, jealousy, hubris of all kinds, putting aside your ego, and learning to embrace humility. And the big one is pay attention. I was surprised that almost everyone I spoke to used those words. Pay attention to the little things around you - but also to yourself. To the thoughts that arise, to how you feel about things, and people. And acknowledge that these are legitimate and very real pointers to your intuitive powers.”
Bill Bennett Films website
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