Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Nope, not a clue.
I would like to say, however, that I have an abiding hatred of (actor)John Howard (not Australia's second greatest PM) after watching him as a beanpole pretending he knew how to play footy in a film adaptation of "The Club". When the bride tunes into "All Saints" I swear and go outside to sit on the verandah with the dog.

One of these day an actor will actually look like a footballer. One of these days.

Not here:

The Bear Obsessities.

The Dogs & Bollocks.

dear os: your reason is not the only reason to avoid All Saints.

John Jarrat was OK in The Great Macarthy.

back on The Topic: I worked in a record shop for a decade or so and just loved people who wanted to pay good money for music they could not identify beyond giving their own la-la-de-dumde-dum rendition.

Your cinematic equivalent is even more unefficienciassic.

The footy action inserts for A Salute To The Great McCarthy were filmed during breaks in a 1974 or 1975 final at the MCG. I was in standing room and the crowd gave poor John Jarrat heaps. He bowed ironically when the filming concluded.

B: John Jarrat was indeed OK in The Great Macarthy, but not his footy. He even had a kicking double.

LL: According to the commentaries, it was the 1974 grand final. Click on the "Dogs & Bollocks" link.

Completely (almost) unrelated:
I watched Sunday Too Far Away again today, bloody marvelous fillum.

R: Spot on. Almost coincidentally, by about a year or so, I watched it last year. First time for a long time. Based on experience I was ready to assume a fillum I liked as a young bloke was probably rubbish, but was moved to say: "You know, that's not too bad at all."

They're a Weird Mob was a comedy with builders. I reckon "ark" is a clue so that's prolly not the movie.

Completely (almost) unrelated::
In The Weekend Australian last week some movie critic said Wake in Fright (1971) is one of the top ten Aussie movies, and he regrets not including it in a previous list, blaming is immature anti Americanism. Something to do with too many American actors. Or something to with America. Maybe the director or post-production?

It's not a quiz. I genuinely don't know the name of the fillum and am passing on a question about a movie to the internet at large.

Wake In Fright is superb. It's just out on DVD after being in hiding for the best part of the last 40 years.

I would have guessed the askee/asker was befuddled by alcapops or a spliff and "They're A Weird Mob" is the movie.


When I read it - it was a new release book - I was but a tacker - my old man collected Australian books at the time.

I've seen WIFabout 3 times or so since the original release. As a country member (yes we remember or as Dolly said "You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the .....out of the girl")it always was and is a great fillum.

but everybody from They're A Weird Mob* must be 100 or dead by now and not currently in the TradiesYellowpages advert?

*(abt 1969 John O'Grady novel pseudonym Nino Culotta)

was it "Emoh Ruo" 1980's; cast had Joy Smithers as young bride wanting a dream home.
I can only recall the massive Gaudi-esque BBQ they built in the backyard.

brownie, I am so there. I just read a few reviews.

ps: You are a champ.

"I genuinely don't know the name of the fillum and am passing on a question about a movie to the internet at large."

If whoever it is thinks they'll get a straight answer out of this mob, tell them they're dreaming.

Emoh Ruo.

Is Bill Young the bloke in the ad?

I think so Tony. That fillum WAS shit though. Not one of our finest cinematic moments.

Dear Nabs: nyah nyah nyah.

Bretty: not too crap if I remember the Gaudi BBQ after all these years.

Mr Young was in The Road To Nhill which I liked enough to watch twice; and his imdb is interesting - "special effects on Revenge Of The Sith" ?

Thank you Big Ramifications - will you marry me?

My uncle was a solicitor who had a few writers and entertainment types as clients. The only three I can remember were Judah Waten, Grigor Taylor (Who impressed me 'cos was on the telly in Matlock Police) and John O'Grady. O'Grady was a huge bloke when I was five years old. Apart from that all I know about him is that he didn't like the movie version of They're A Weird Mob.
Can't say that I blame him.
Oh and his son Denis wrote a more than passable road trip/ outback adventure type book called A Bottle Of Sandwiches.

Maybe this is why O'Grady didn't like the movie version:

We're still a Weird Mob

British director Michael Powell took up the rights and attempted something lighter.

The writer's son, also John O'Grady, says it was not a happy experience for his father. "Dad got on very well with Mickey Powell and trusted him, but was very disappointed at the return he got from the film," he says.

Williamson and Powell offered the writer a percentage of the net (profits) but everyone advised O'Grady to demand a cut of the gross (box-office income). O'Grady took Powell's deal and as a result of typical creative accounting, hardly saw a cent.

"Powell knew how to stroke Dad and involve him - he got 100 quid a week as dialogue adviser - so he never thought Powell would screw him. But he got precious little royalties out of it, which upset him."

The film's phenomenal success, however, boosted book sales and made O'Grady rich and enabled him to become a full-time writer.

Biggy and Brownie sitting in a tree

The comments to this entry are closed.