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Subject: Peter Weir, The Aunty Jack Show, AACTA Award for Best Film, AACTA Award for Best Direction, Grahame Bond, Picnic at Hanging Rock, List of Australian films
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Directed by Peter Weir
Produced by Grahame Bond
Richard Brennan
Written by Piers Davies
Peter Weir
Starring Geoff Malone
Kate Fitzpatrick
Music by Rory O'Donoghue
Grahame Bond
Cinematography Anthony Wallis
Editing by Wayne Le Clos
Release date(s) June 1971
Running time 52 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $3,000[1]

Homesdale is a 1971 Australian film directed by Peter Weir. Homesdale is a black comedy about visitors at a guest-house acting out their violent private fantasies and games under the control of the house staff.


Several people gather at the Homesdale Hunting Lodge including butcher/rock singer Mr Kevin, war veteran Mr Vaughan, an octogenarian Mr Levy. All are tormented by Homesdale's staff and forced to participate in a series of games about death and murder in which the true character of the guests starts to emerge.


  • Geoff Malone as Mr.Malfry
  • Grahame Bond as Mr. Kevin
  • Kate Fitzpatrick as Miss Greenoak
  • Barry Donnelly as Mr. Vaughan
  • Doreen Warburton as Mrs. Sharpe
  • James Lear as Mr.Levy
  • James Dellit as Manager
  • Kosta Akon as Chief Robert
  • Richard Brennan as Robert 1
  • Peter Weir as Robert 2
  • Shirley Donald as Matron
  • Phillip Noyce as Neville


The movie was influenced by horror films such as The Cat and the Canary.[2] The budget was covered by a grant from the Experimental Film and Television Fund. The film was shot at Peter Weir's own home in Sydney in March 1971.[1]


The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in June 1971 and won the Grand Prix AFI Award in November. It was screened in universities, schools, film societies and occasionally commercial cinemas, as well as on the Seven network.[1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • at Oz Movies

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