Russian

Inclusive list of mostly Australasian (some not) films (and mini-series) with anything at all Russian about them: significant Russian actor, Russian character, Russian subject, Russian writer, Russian director, Russian cinematographer, significant Russian crew, Australasian actor playing a Russian...


See the imdb.com entries for these Russian-Australian actors: George Shevtsov, Alex Menglet, Natalia Novikova (Natasha Novak); these Russian-Australian directors: Jerzy Domaradzki and Mark Joffe; and this Russian-Australian cinematographer Yuri Sokol.

Birthday Girl (Jez Butterworth, 2001) Australian actress Nicole Kidman plays a Russian mail-order bride; NOT an Australian film

Black Russians (Grisha Dolgopolov, date unknown) short documentary project examining the arrival of shipwrecked Russian sailors on the Australian shoreline as the first Europeans in the great southern land

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; dp Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

Children of the Revolution (Peter Duncan, 1997) wr. Peter Duncan, prod. Tristan Miall; dp Martin McGrath; F. Murray Abraham, Judy Davis, John Gaden, Rachel Griffiths, Russel Keifel, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush; Australian children of Josef Stalin

Cowra Breakout, The (Phillip Noyce & Chris Noonan, 1985) mini-series; Alan David Lee, Dennis Miller, Max Cullen, George Shevtsov; mass breakout of 1104 POWs, August 1944, including many Japanese, some Russians

Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, The (Paul Cox, 2001) dramatisation of Russian ballet star Vaslav Nijinsky's diaries which detail his madness as well as his relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Italian wife

Fragments of War: The Story of Damien Parer (John Duigan, 1988) (TV) dp Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

Georgia (Ben Lewin, 1989) aka Difficult Woman; Judy Davis; photographer; investigation of murder; see Jonathan Rayner 2000: 51-53; Paul Kalina in Murray 1995: 276; mystery thriller; 90 min. dp Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

Lilian's Story (Jerzy Domaradzki, 1996) prod. Marian Macgowan, novel Kate Grenville 1984, based on Bea Miles; Ruth Cracknell, Barry Otto, Toni Collette; 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; Director Jerzy Domaradzki was born 6 January 1943, Lvov, Ukraine, German occupied Soviet Union [now Lviv, Ukraine]

Lonely Hearts (Paul Cox, 1982) prod. John B. Murray for Adams Packer Film Productions, wr. John Clarke, Paul Cox, dp Yuri Sokol, music Norman Kaye, design Neil Angwin, ed. Tim Lewis; Wendy Hughes, Norman Kaye; Eastman colour, 35mm, 95 min. dp Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

My First Wife (Paul Cox, 1984) wr. Bob Ellis, dop Yuri Sokol; John Hargreaves (AFI Best Actor), Wendy Hughes; John Hargreaves plays a Russian composer; dop Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

Petrov Affair, The (Michael Carson, 1987) TV mini-series; principal actor Alex Menglet was born 1956, Moscow, Soviet Union [now Russia]

Prisoner of St Petersburg, The (Ian Pringle, 1990) Noah Taylor, Solveig Dommartin; Jack (Noah Taylor) thinks he's in a novel by Dostoevsky

Russian Doll (Stavros Kazantzidis, 2000) romantic comedy, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Natalia Novikova, Sacha Horler; 90 min. Natalia Novikova (aka Natasha Novak) plays a Russian mail-order bride; Sacha Horler plays a Russian; Natalia Novikova was born 17 January 1977 Bogorodskoye, Moscow province, Soviet Union

Salvation (Paul Cox, 2007) Natalia Novikova, Bruce Myles, Wendy Hughes, Kim Gyngell, Alex Menglet, Richard Piper, Maggie Miles, Chris Haywood, Terry Norris, Bud Tingwell, Julia Blake, Deidre Rubenstein, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Rodney Afif, Loene Carmen, Hamish Michael, Barry Humphries

Struck by Lightning (Jerzy Domaradzki, 1990) aka Riders of the Storm; wr. Trevor Farrant, prod. Terry Charatsis & Trevor Farrant; Garry McDonald, Brian Vriends; article by Hunter Cordaiy, Cinema Papers, 79, May 1990: 24-29; interview with Jerzy Domaradzki by Hunter Cordaiy, Cinema Papers, 79, May 1990: 30-32; Domaradzki filmography: 32; 105 min. Director Jerzy Domaradzki was born 6 January 1943, Lvov, Ukraine, German occupied Soviet Union [now Lviv, Ukraine]; dop Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]

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 Highes, Colin Friels, Norman Kaye, John Clayton, Rod Zuanic, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Steve J. Spears; 91 min. dop Yuri Sokol was born in Kharkov, Russia [now Kharkov, Ukraine]


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