Bullseye (1987 film)

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Directed by Carl Schultz
Produced byBrian Rosen
Written by Robert Wales
Bob Ellis (additional dialogue)
StarringPaul Goddard
Cinematography Dean Semler
PBL Productions
Distributed byDumbarton Films
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
93 minutes
BudgetAU$4.5 million [1]
Box officeAU$2,847 (Australia) [2]

Bullseye is an Australian comedy adventure film directed by Carl Schultz. [3]


The movie is also known as The Trailblazer, Trailblazer, Outback and Birdsville. [4]


In the 1860s, two friends, Harry and Bluey, steal a thousand head of cattle and trek it across country from Queensland to Adelaide.



Robert Wales' script was originally called Trailblazer. It was based on the cattle drive of Harry Readford, known as Captain Starlight, which inspired the novel Robbery Under Arms . PBL Productions, then an offshoot of the Nine Network, bought the script and at one stage Joan Long was going to produce with Peter Yeldham working on the script. Then Carl Schultz was hired as director and he wanted to turn it into a comedy, so Yeldham left the project. PBL formed a partnership with Dumbarton Films who had worldwide marketing rights to the film. [1]

The two leads were inexperienced: Kathryn Walker was an architecture student doing some modelling and Paul Goddard had only been in one small role. [5]

The movie was shot on location in the Australian outback, with the town of Bourke standing in for Roma, and studio scenes shot at Mort Bay studios in Balmain, Sydney. [1] Shooting finished on 14 November 1985. [6]


Hoyts wanted to release the film but Dumbarton held up the release hoping for a Hollywood major to handle the film in the same way as Crocodile Dundee . This did not eventuate and the film was not released until two years after it was made. It was not a financial success. [1]

One critic wrote that "the film is entertaining in its contrived absurdity but lacks any substance behind the comic set ups." [4] However David Stratton called the film "hugely entertaining". [1]

Home Media

Bullseye was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in January 2011. The DVD is compatible with all region codes. [7]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p69-71
  2. Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 2014-02-09 at the Wayback Machine Report for Film Victoria
  3. Bullseye at National Film and Sound Archive
  4. 1 2 Suzanne Brown, Australian Film 1978-1992, Oxford University Press, 1993 p266
  5. "Blazing the trail from Birdsville", Cinema Papers, January 1986 p45
  6. "Production round-up", Cinema Papers, November 1985 p48
  7. "Umbrella Entertainment". Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.