Filmography as Director
Nostradamus Kid, The (Bob Ellis, 1993) wr. Bob Ellis, dp Geoff Burton; Noah Taylor, Miranda Otto, Arthur Dignam, Peter Gwynne, Jack Campbell, Erick Mitsak, Loene Carmen, Alice Garner, Lucy Bell, Jeanette Cronin, Hec McMillan, Colin Friels, Bob Maza, Bob Ellis
Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train (Bob Ellis, 1988) wr. Bob Ellis, Denny Lawrence, dp Yuri Sokol, prod. Ross Dimsey, Western Pacific Films; Wendy Hughes, Colin Friels, Norman Kaye, John Clayton, Rod Zuanic, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Steve J. Spears; 91 min.
Unfinished Business (Bob Ellis, 1986) wr. Bob Ellis, prod. Rebel Penfold-Russell, for Unfinished Business Productions, Lipsync Productions, dp Andrew Lesnie, design Jane Jonson, music Norman Kaye, ed. Amanda Robson; Michele Fawdon (1947-2011; AFI Best Actress nomination for this film), John Clayton, Norman Kaye, Jack Ellis, Tom and Jennie Ellis, Katie Hughes, Andrew Lesnie, Call Ricketson, Bob Ellis; comedy; colour, 16 mm, 75 min.
Run Rabbit, Run (Bob Ellis, Jack Ellis, 2007) doco, 131 min. Bob follows Mike Rann through the 2006 election campaign
Filmography as Writer
Cactus (Paul Cox, 1986) wr. Paul Cox, Bob Ellis & Norman Kaye, Fuji colour, 35 mm, 90 min., prods Jane Ballantyne & Paul Cox for Dofine, dp Yuri Sokol, design Asher Bilou, ed. Tim Lewis; Sheila Florance, Peter Aanensen, Isabelle Huppert, Norman Kaye, Bunduk Marika, Monica Maughan, Robert Menzies; Robert (Robert Menzies) is blind from birth, and interested in cacti
Ebbtide (Craig Lahiff, 1994) wr. Bob Ellis, Peter Goldsworthy; John Waters, Harry Hamlin, Judy Mcintosh, Susan Lyons, John Gregg, Frankie J. Holden; thriller; lawyer accused of murder; VHS - no theatrical release?
Fatty Finn (Maurice Murphy, 1980) prod. Brian Rosen for Children's Film Corporation, wr. Bob Ellis, Chris McGill, dp John Seale, music Grahame Bond, Rory O'Donohue, design Lissa Coote; Bert Newton, Noni Hazlehurst, Gerard Kennedy; children's; based on the character of Fatty Finn, as created by cartoonist, Syd Nicholls (1896-1977); Fatty Finn is the only comic character in Australia to have inspired two films: cf. The Kid Stakes; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Goodbye Paradise (Carl Schultz, 1983) prod. Jane Scott for Petersham Pictures, wr. Bob Ellis, Denny Lawrence, dp Danny Batterham, music Peter Best, design George Liddle, ed. Richard Francis-Bruce; Ray Barrett (Mike Stacey), John Clayton, Kate Fitzpatrick, Lex Marinos, Robyn Nevin (Kate), Janet Scrivener, Charles Tingwell, Kris McQuade; Eastman colour, 35mm, 110 min.; chapter on this film by Carol Laseur; crime
Man of Flowers (Paul Cox, 1983) prod. Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox for Flowers International, wr. Paul Cox, Bob Ellis, dp Yuri Sokol, design Asher Bilu, ed. Tim Lewis; Norman Kaye (AFI Best Actor), Alyson Best, Chris Haywood, Sarah Walker, Julia Blake, Bob Ellis, Barry Dickins, Patrick Cook, Victoria Eagger, Werner Herzog; Fuji colour, 35mm, 91 min.
Maybe This Time (Chris McGill, 1980) prod. Brian Kavanagh for Cherrywood Film Productions, wr. Anne Brooksbank, Bob Ellis, dp Russell Boyd designer: Chris Webster, ed. Wayne le Clos; Judy Morris, Bill Hunter, Jill Perryman, Ken Shorter, Michele Fawdon, Leonard Teale, Jude Kuring, Mike Preston, Chris Haywood, Rod Mullinar, Lorna Lesley, Lyndall Barbour, Celia de Burgh, Lyn Collingwood, Gillian Hyde, John Clayton, Tim Burns, Willie Fennell, Tessa Mallos, Madeleine Blackwell; junior academic interested in politics; Eastman colour, 35mm, 100 min.
Newsfront (Phillip Noyce, 1978) wr. Phillip Noyce, orig. script Bob Ellis, prod. David Elfick, Palm Beach Pictures, dp Vincent Monton, design Lisa Coote, ed. John Scott; Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Gerard Kennedy, Chris Haywood, John Ewart, Bryan Brown; first Australian film to be shown on an Australian airline; many AFI awards; Eastman colour, 35mm, 110 min.
True Believers (Peter Fisk, 1988) TV documentary mini-series, co-wr. Bob Ellis
Where the Green Ants Dream (Werner Herzog, 1984) Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen; prod. Lucki Stipetic, wr. Bob Ellis, Werner Herzog; Bruce Spence, Ray Barrett, Wandjuk Marika, Ralph Cotterill, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Norman Kaye, Bob Ellis; uranium mining company begins testing, locals occupy sacred site
Winds of Jarrah, The (Mark Egerton, 1985) prod. Mark Egerton and Marj Pearson for Film Corporation of Western Australia, WA, wr. Mark Egerton, based on a storyline, characters and screenplay by Anne Brooksbank and Bob Ellis, based on the novel The House in the Timberwoods by Joyce Dingwell, 1959, dp Geoff Burton; location: Dorrigo, NSW; first film adapted from a Mills & Boon novel; set in 1946; originally to be shot in Pemberton; Isabelle Anderson, Steve Bisley, Terence Donovan, Harold Hopkins, Susan Lyons, Emil Minty, Martin Vaughan, Dorothy Alison, Nikki Gemmell, Steven Grives, Mark Kounnas, Bill McCluskey; Eastman colour, 35 mm, wide screen, 94 min
Filmography as Actor
Dear Cardholder (Bill Bennett, 1987) comedy; Robin Ramsay, Jennifer Cluff, Marion Chirgwin, Jon Ewart, Patrick Cook, Bob Ellis; clerk acquires credit card, only to get deeper in debt
I Own the Racecourse (Stephen Ramsey, 1985) novel Patricia Wrightson; Gully Coote, Tony Barry, Norman Kaye, Rodney Burke, Paul Bertram, Brett Climo, Bob Ellis, Safier Redsepaski; gullible teenager involved in doping scheme
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