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DON'S PARTY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
On the evening of the October 1969 Australian Federal election, Don (John Hargreaves) holds a party for a bunch of his rowdy, left-of-centre, middle class Sydney friends. The election unfolds on the telly while the party guests unravel in front of it.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The only film I've seen where the producer's credit (Phillip Adams) comes after the director's (Bruce Beresford). But Beresford gets the cameo as the bottle shop guy. But the film is really about the vain, tasteless, hypocritical and vapid people in Australia's middle class. That's not all of them, just the ones at Don's party.

The prodigiously talented Beresford makes the most of David Williamson's snappy dialogue, much of it used as a scalped to open characters' innards. Scenes crackle with energy and points of view are inspired.

The gorgeous Jeanie Drynan and the fearless Graham Kennedy steal the acting honours in this ensemble piece, finding the darkest corners of their character - but just about everyone is terrific as the guests from hell.

Dark humour swirls around the evening, and the social satire drives the work, as secrets and truths come tumbling out as the grog takes effect. And when one man's wife sneaks into the bedroom with another man, the explosions get bigger. As the night wears on, the comedy gives way to drama and a dawn of realisation that these righteous people are all so flawed. Welcome to humanity.

Published November 1, 2007

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DON'S PARTY: DVD (MA)
(Aust, 1976)

CAST: John Hargreaves, Jeanie Drynan, Graeme Blundell, Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy, Harold Hopkins, Veronica Lang, Candy Raymond, Kit Taylor, John Grey Gorton

PRODUCER: Phillip Adams

DIRECTOR: Bruce Beresford

SCRIPT: David Williamson (play by Williamson)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Don McAlpine

EDITOR: William Anderson

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

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SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella

DVD RELEASE: 1st release 2005; as part of David Williamson Collection Vol. 1, September 6, 2007







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