Philippe Mora was born in 1949, the son of a prominent art dealer, Georges Mora, and an artist, Mirka Mora. At La Trobe University in 1967 he co-founded the magazine Cinema Papers with Peter Beilby. Encouraged by his parents to paint, Mora went to England to work as an artist, especially in comic-strip idioms and he contributed to the satirical Oz magazine. His first feature was a homage to the gangster genre, Trouble in Molopolis, made in London in 1970. In 1972-3 in England he made a feature-length documentary, Swastika, compiling footage from the 1930s and the war to examine Hitler's public image. In 1974, he made another compilation documentary about America in the Depression, Brother Can You Spare a Dime, and like Swastika, it attracted international press coverage. He was 26 when shooting began on Mad Dog Morgan. Pike & Cooper: 300.
As well as those below, he has also made many American films.
Mad Dog Morgan (Philippe Mora, 1976) prod. Jeremy Thomas for Motion Picture Productions, wr. Philippe Mora, book Margaret Carnegie, Morgan, dp Mike Molloy, design Robin Hildich, music Patrick Flynn, ed. John Scott; Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Frank Thring, Michael Pate, Wallas Eaton, Bill Hunter, John Hargreaves, Martin Harris, Robin Ramsay, Graeme Blundell, Gregory Apps, Norman Kaye, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Christopher Pate, Grant Page, Bruce Spence; Sydney, colour wide-screen 102 min.
The Return of Captain Invincible (Philippe Mora, 1983) aka Legend in Leotards; prod. Andrew Gaty for Seven Keys, wr. Andrew Gaty, Steven de Souza, dp Mike Molloy. design David Copping, ed. John Scott; Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick, Bill Hunter, Michael Pate, David Argue, John Bluthal, Chelsea Brown, Max Cullen, Arthur Dignam, Noel Ferrier, Hayes Gordon, Chris Haywood, Graham Kennedy, Gus Mercurio, Max Phipps, Alfred Sandor; comedy; Eastman colour, 35mm, 92 min. See also: my blog entry.
Death of a Soldier (Philippe Mora, 1986) aka The Leonski Incident; wr. William L. Nagle, dp Louis Irving; James Coburn, Reb Brown, Bill Hunter, Maurie Fields, Max Fairchild, Belinda Davey, Randall Berger, Michael Pate; James Coburn as a senior American commander in Australia during the Second World War; dramatises the only time in Oz history when a foreign national was tried under the laws of a foreign country for crimes against Oz citizens in Australia; 93 min.
Howling 3: The Marsupials (Philippe Mora, 1987) Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley (Jerboa), Dasha Blahova, Max Fairchild, Ralph Cotterill, Leigh Biolos, Burnum Burnum
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