Initiation (1987 film)

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Initiation
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Directed byMichael Pearce
Produced byJane Ballantyne
Written byJames Barton
Based onOriginal idea by
Michael Pearce
Starring Bruno Lawrence
Rodney Harvey
Miranda Otto
Music byStephen Matters
Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Production
companies
Distributed byGoldfarb
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryAustralia
Language English
BudgetA$3 million [1]

Initiation is a 1987 Australian adventure drama thriller film directed by Michael Pearce based on his idea and starring Bruno Lawrence and Rodney Harvey. [2]

Contents

Plot synopsis

Teenager Danny Molloy visits his father Nat on a lonesome farm in Australia after the death of his mother, who lives with a girlfriend and her daughter Stevie. Because work on the farm isn't going well, Nat begins to smuggle marijuana for a drug connection and so Danny catches a flight with him, only for the plane to crash in the middle of nowhere. Since his father is wounded, Danny has to search for help alone in the jungle.

Cast

Production

The film was shot in Adelaide and the Blue Mountains. [3] It was completed in January 1987.

Release

The film was pre-sold to US distributor Goldfarb for $850,000 but Goldfarb later backed out of this commitment claiming they did not have the money. [4] [5]

Accolades

Bobby Smith was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 1987 AFI Awards.

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References

  1. "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p90-91
  3. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p86
  4. GOLDFARB RENEGES ON PRE-SALE DEBT By MARK LAWSON Australian Financial Review 28 April 1988 p 36
  5. TAX CONCESSIONS ARE GOOD, BUT FILMS CARRY RISK AS WELL by Anne Lampe Sydney Morning Herald 15 July 1987 p 26