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BONJOUR TIMOTHY

SYNOPSIS
Timothy Taylor is a rugby-playing, star-gazing New Zealand teenager whose clumsy ways make him a source of trouble. When he is nearly expelled for a schoolboy prank gone wrong, his punishment is to play host to a Canadian exchange student, Michel. What originally seemed a chore soon turns to delight when the visitor turns out to be Michelle, a good-looker from Montreal. What follows has as much to do with personal relations as it has to do with international ones.

"Bonjour Timothy is a light, teen-oriented comedy of schoolboy frolics and innocent romance that relies heavily on the charm of its leading man. Dean O'Gorman, whose previous work includes guest roles on television's Hercules and Xena:Warrior Princess, as well as a sustaining part on the New Zealand soap Shortland Street, plays the clumsy yet appealing teenager, Timothy Taylor, to the hilt. His bouncy personality combined with a confident handling of the many unlikely situations in which his character is placed make O'Gorman a good choice for the lead in this award-winning film. As the object of most of his attention, Sabine Karsenti as Michelle seems well-suited in the difficult role as the reluctant exchange student. Of the other teens, Milan Borich as the nerdy best friend and Richard Vette as the rugby jock give fine performances. As with most teen flicks, the adults are less successful with most of them resorting to over-acting turns for the comedy."
Peter Cowan, Radio 2GB/2RES-FM

 

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BONJOUR TIMOTHY (G)
New Zealand/Canada

CAST: Dean O’Gorman, Sabine Kasenti, Sylvia Rands, Syd Jackson, Milan Borich, Richard Vette, Mark Hadlow, Angela Bloomfield, Nat Lees

DIRECTOR: Wayne Tourell

PRODUCER: Murray Newey, Micheline Charest

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Antony I. Ginnane, Ronald A. Weinberg

SCRIPT: David Preston

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matt Bowkett

EDITOR: Jean Marie Drot

MUSIC: Daniel Scott

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Brett Schwieters

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Carrington Road Productions

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 27, 1997

 

AWARDS:

Best Film - Cinemagic Young People's Film Festival, Belfast;

Best Film - Giffoni Film Festival, Italy







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