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1h 38m 1994

Brief Synopsis

A newlywed photojournalist couple, Michael and Louise, arrive in Indo-China circa 1950 to do a public relations piece on the advantage of French occupation. As co-workers they are competent and controlled, but as lovers they are struggling to articulate their differences and needs. The couple reside

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; First Australian Completion Bond Company; Opticals & Graphics; Screen Australia; Soundfirm; Spectrum Films
Distribution Company
FILMPOLIS; Herald Ace Inc
Location
Brisbane, Australia; Tay Ninh, Vietnam; Cairns, Australia; Dau Tieng, Vietnam; Vung Tau, Vietnam; Binh Ba, Vietnam

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

A newlywed photojournalist couple, Michael and Louise, arrive in Indo-China circa 1950 to do a public relations piece on the advantage of French occupation. As co-workers they are competent and controlled, but as lovers they are struggling to articulate their differences and needs. The couple reside at the plantation of a French manager, Daniel, and his rebellious daughter Viola. Louise, in particular, sees firsthand the mounting unrest of the Vietnamese workers and begins to document their struggles. In a world of ruthless brutality and life-threatening actions, Louise must struggle to look hard at the veil of deceit and denial in which she has shrouded both her relationship and herself.

Crew

Rosslyn Abernethy

Production Manager

Leo Bahas

Negative Cutting

Nicholas Beauman

Editor

Maud Biggs

Other

Tran Quoc Binh

Accountant (Vietnam)

Richard Bradshaw

Other

Richard Bradshaw

Other

Martin Bruveris

Other

Wendy Buick

Graphics

Arthur Cambridge

Grading

Priscilla Cameron

Art Department Runner (Brisbane)

Nguyen Huy Can

Sound Assistant (Vietnam)

Robert Carter

Assistant (To Pauline Chan (Vietnam))

Robert Carter

Screenwriter

Maggie Cartier

Casting (England)

Pauline Chan

Screenwriter

Pauline Chan

Lyrics ("J'Adore Paris")

Martin Connor

Associate Editor

Deb Copeland

Extras/Production Liaison (North Old)

Roger Cowland

Other

Michele D'arcey

Production Accountant

Dawn Douglas D'or

Standby Wardrobe

Bach Diep

Assistant Director (Vietnam)

John P. Dolan

Grip Assistant

Rosemary Dority

Post-Production Supervisor

Philip Drake

Art Director

Ly Thai Dung

Assistant Director (Vietnam)

Mike Fenton

Casting

Anne Marie Finch

Lyrics ("J'Adore Paris")

Lynne Gailey

Thanks

Tra Giang

Deputy Production Director (Vietnam)

Geoffrey Goodhew

Set Security

Steven Gordon

Best Boy

Clare Gormley

Song Performer ("Palace Of Dreams")

Murray Gosson

Standby Props

Queensland Government

Funding

John Goward

Art Department Runner (North Old)

John Goward

Labourer

Georgina Greenhill

Assistant Art Director (North Old)

Kate Grenville

Source Material (From Novel)

Evan Ham

Thanks

Masato Hara

Thanks

Randall Harper

Thanks

Kevin Hayward

Director Of Photography

Simon Hewitt

Adr Recordist

Bob Hicks

Other

Jill Hickson

Thanks

Chris Hobbs

Other

Catriona Hughes

Thanks

Ike Isaacs

Song Arranger ("J'Adore Paris")

Lee Jefford

Assistant Accountant

Paul Jones

Boom Swinger

Tim Jordan

Dialogue Editor

Bui Luu Khanh

Location Security (Vietnam)

Nguyen Minh Khanh

Other

Nguyen Quy Khoi

Assistant Camera Operator (Vietnam)

Nguyen Khac Kiem

Assistant Director (Vietnam)

Nguyen Thi Lam

Make-Up/Hair Assistant (Vietnam)

Nguyen Xuan Lam

Assistant Unit Manager (Vietnam)

Sash Lamey

Hairdresser

Barbara Lampert

Thanks

Derek Lampert

Thanks

Melaini Lewis

Other

Elise Lockwood

Stills Photographer

Samantha Lukis

Assistant (To Jim Mcelroy)

Samantha Lukis

Other

Stuart Lynch

Swing Driver

Jane Maguire

Assistant Effects Editor

Dan Maxwell

Production Runner (Brisbane)

Jim Mcelroy

Producer

Nguyen Thi Nhu

Other

Martin Oswin

Foley Recordist

Daphne Paris

Script Supervisor

Bob Parsons

Other

Wayne Pashley

Foley Artist

Wayne Pashley

Co-Effects Editor

Richard Payten

Unit Publicist (Ronen Film Promotions)

Michael Philips

Production Designer

Maria Phillips

2nd Assistant Director

Hoang Trung Phuong

Grip (Vietnam)

Andrew Pike

Thanks

Robert Podhajsky

Leading Hand Carpenter

Karen Psaltis

Negative Cutting

Film Queensland

Funding

Stephen Rae

Composer

Brett Rawlins

Carpenter

Kristin Reuter

Props Buyer

Bernadette Robinson

Song Performer ("J'Adore Paris")

David Rowe

Costume Designer

Ian Russel

Lab Liaison

Rod Russell

Carpenter

Graeme Rutherford

Gaffer

Tim Sanders

Line Producer

John Schiefelbein

Sound Recordist

Mary Scott

Production Runner (North Old)

Gary Shearsmith

Key Grip

Chris Short

1st Assistant Director

Margaret Stevenson

Makeup/Hair Supervisor

Jill Surch

Caterers Assistant

Dave Suttor

Unit Manager

Luu Xuan Thu

Production Director (Vietnam)

Peter Townsend

Co-Effects Editor

Kathy Trout

Caterer

Nguyen Anh Tuan

Grip (Vietnam)

Nguyen Doc Tunynh

Set Dresser (Vietnam)

Sarah Urqhart

3rd Assistant Director

Libby Villa

Foley Artist

Libby Villa

Assistant Dialogue Editor

Luu Quang Vinh

Assistant Art Director (Vietnam)

Trinh Quang Vu

Art Director (Vietnam)

Denise Ward

Caterers Assistant

Greg White

Music Producer

Peter Willard

Lab Liaison

Denise Wolfson

Lab Liaison

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; First Australian Completion Bond Company; Opticals & Graphics; Screen Australia; Soundfirm; Spectrum Films
Distribution Company
FILMPOLIS; Herald Ace Inc
Location
Brisbane, Australia; Tay Ninh, Vietnam; Cairns, Australia; Dau Tieng, Vietnam; Vung Tau, Vietnam; Binh Ba, Vietnam

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for several 1994 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, including best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress (Jacqueline McKenzie) and best supporting actor (Kiet Lam). The film won an award for best original score.

Winner of the 1994 Film Critic's Circle of Australia Award for best music score.

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States November 1994

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1995

Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival (in competition) November 4-17, 1994.

Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 17 - March 5, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for Pauline Chan who graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and whose short films include "The Space Between the Door and the Floor" (Australia/1990) and "Hang Up" (Australia/1990), both shown at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Began shooting March 15, 1993.

Completed shooting June 9, 1993.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 17 - March 5, 1995.)

Released in United States November 1994 (Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival (in competition) November 4-17, 1994.)

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1995