Classic Australian film Don’s Party will have a rare pre-election outing at Australian Revelations on Tuesday, 28 June.
The winner of six AFI Awards, including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, Don’s Party is set on election night 1969 as a group of friends come together for cheese and wine in what turns out to be an unintended night of truth and dare.
Revelation Director Richard Sowada said Don’s Party was his favourite Australian film.
“The cast, with brilliant performances by Graham Kennedy, Jeannie Drynan and John Hargreaves is outstanding, David Williamson’s script is razor sharp, the art direction always a joy and the social observations so funny and true,” Richard said.
“It’s one of the great moments of Australian cinema in anyone’s language – very rare, and the perfect alternative to those televised leaders’ debates in the days leading up to the federal election.”
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, in association with Cinema Australia, presents Australian Revelations as a celebration of Australian film via monthly screenings.
Australian Revelations also screens a WA-made short film before each main feature, giving local filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their films on a big screen. Preceding Don’s Party will be the WASA nominated short documentary Viva La Vincent.
Don’s Party will screen at The Backlot Perth on Tuesday 28 June from 6.30pm. Tickets here.
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by David Williamson
Produced by Phillip Adams and David Barrow
Starring Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop, Graeme Blundell, Jeanie Drynan and John Hargreaves
Synopsis On the night of the 1969 Australian election, Don holds a party in his suburban Sydney house, where his raucous, rude, embarrassing, extrovert friends discuss sex, politics, and their lives, and seduce each others wives.
5 things you may have never known about Don’s Party
• Screenwriter David Williamson based many of the characters on university and theatre mates.
• Wendy Hugues was director Bruce Beresford’s first choice for the character of Kerry. The Role later went to Candy Raymond.
• Graeme Blundell, who plays Simon in the film, directed the first ever stage production of Don’s Party in Carlton in 1972.
• Due to constant rain, a tarpaulin was stretched over the house to aid continuity.
• Barry Crocker was originally cast as Don, but broke his back just before rehearsals. John Hargreaves was brought in as a replacement.