Australasian feature films by release date
Shadow of the Boomerang (Dick Ross, 1960) World Wide Pictures (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association); "Christian western"; Jimmy Little's first role
Sundowners, The (Fred Zinnemann, 1960) wr. Isobel Lennart, novel Jon Cleary, dp Jack Hildyard, 133 min., Warner Bros; Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Chips Rafferty, Michael Anderson, Lola Brooks, Wylie Watson, John Meillon, Ronald Fraser, Mervyn Johns, Molly Urquhart, Ewen Solon, Ray Barrett (two-up player), Leonard Teale (shearer), John Fegan; Pike & Cooper: 230-231
In Search of the Castaways (Robert Stevenson, 1962) NZ/USA, Disney, prod. Walt Disney, wr. Lowell S. Hawley, dp Paul Beeson; Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde White, Michael Anderson Jr, Wilfred Brambell; children's; 16mm; 100 min.
They Found a Cave (Andrew Steane, 1962) Visatone Island Pictures; director, most of the cast, and novelist all from Tasmania, where the film was shot; children's; 63 min.
Runaway (John O'Shea, 1964) wr. John Graham, John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, dp Tony Williams; Colin Broadley, Nadja Regin, Deidre McCarron, Selwyn Muru, Barry Crump, Gil Corwall, Kiri Te Kanawa; thriller road movie; NZ
Funny Things Happen Down Under (Joe McCormick, 1965) Pacific Films; children's; Terrible Ten comedy; Olivia Newton-John's first film
Don't Let It Get to You (John O'Shea, 1966) wr. John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, dp Tony Williams, ed. John O'Shea; Howard Morrison, Gary Wallace, Carmen Duncan, Normie Rowe, Kiri Te Kanawa; Aussie drummer goes to NZ to find work; comedy musical; 80 min.
They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell, 1966) wr. Richard Imrie [Emeric Pressburger], novel by Nino Culotta [John O'Grady]; Walter Chiari (Nino Culotta), Clare Dunne, Chips Rafferty, Alida Chelli, Ed Devereaux, Slim DeGrey, John Meillon, Charles Little, Anne Haddy, Jack Allen, Red Moore, Ray Hartley, Tony Bonner, Alan Lander, Keith Peterson; satirical comedy
Cobweb on a Parachute (Dusan Marek, 1967) experimental
Journey out of Darkness (James Trainor, 1967) [James Trainor was born WA]; Konrad Matthaei (an American), Ed Devereaux, Kamahl; plot summary Cinema Papers, 129, January 1999: 23; white actor Devereaux blacks up to play Aboriginal tracker, Jubbal, and Kamahl (from Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]) plays an Aboriginal prisoner; when Jubbal dies, the prisoner becomes his captor's guide "out of darkness"
Koya No Toseinin (Junya Sato, 1968) aka The Drifting Avenger; Japanese western shot but not released in Australia
Moeru Tairuku (Shogoro Nishimura, 1968) aka Blazing Continent; Japanese romance shot but not released in Australia
Time in Summer (Ludwik Dutkiewicz, 1968) SA; art movie
2000 Weeks (Tim Burstall, 1969) aka Two Thousand Weeks; wr. Tim Burstall, Patrick Ryan; Jeanie Drynan, Mark McManus, Eileen Chapman, David Turnbull, Michael Duffield, Stephen Dattner, Bruce Anderson, Dominic Ryan, Nicholas McCallum, Anne Charleston, Graeme Blundell; writer's isolation: he only has 2000 weeks to achieve something in his life
Color Me Dead (Eddie Davis, 1969) crime; Tom Tryon, Carolyn Jones, Rick Jason, Patricia Connolly, Tony Ward, Penny Sugg, Reg Gillam, Margot Reid, Peter Sumner, Michael Laurence, Sandy Harbutt, John Dease, Tom Oliver, Phil Haldeman
Hey Al, Baby (David Minter, 1969) Alan Finney, Chrissie Loh, Peter Carmody, Chris Maudson, Anna Raknes, Eleanor Wilson; 34 min.
Intruders, The (Lee Robinson, 1969) aka Skippy and the Intruders; spinoff from Skippy
It Takes All Kinds (Eddie Davis, 1969) Goldsworthy Productions (Reg Goldsworthy, with Commonwealth United Corporation, US) Robert Lansing, Vera Miles, Barry Sullivan; B movie crime genre quickie shot in Melbourne; budget $300k; 98 min.
Marinetti (Albie Thoms, 1969) Ubu Films, experimental feature; Clem Wright, Susan Howe, David Perry, Aggy Read; colour, 83/90 min.
You Can't See 'Round Corners (David Cahill, 1969) prod. Peter Summerton, novel by Jon Cleary; Ken Shorter, Rowena Wallace, Carmen Duncan, Judith Fisher, Slim de Grey, Max Cullen, Peter Aanensen, Max Phipps, Henri Szeps; man deserts at time of Vietnam War
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