Cactus (1986 film)

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Directed by Paul Cox
Produced byPaul Cox
Written byPaul Cox
Bob Ellis
Starring Isabelle Huppert
CinematographyYuri Sokol
Edited byTim Lewis
Release date
  • 5 September 1986 (1986-09-05)
Running time
93 minutes
BudgetA$1.5 million [1]
Box officeA$73,751 (Australia) [2]

Cactus is a 1986 Australian drama film directed by Paul Cox and starring Isabelle Huppert. [3]




The film was inspired by Paul Cox's memory of his mother temporarily going blind when he was a child. He worked on the story for a number of years, then decided he wanted to work with Isabelle Huppert and wrote the script with her in mind. Bob Ellis worked on the script but fought with Cox over the fact it was about a Frenchwoman staying in Australia, and the two men ended their collaboration. [1]

Actors Equity objected to Huppert's importation but this was overruled. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p95-96
  2. "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria Archived 28 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine accessed 24 October 2009
  3. Goodman, Walter (2012). "Cactus". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2010.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)