|Directed by||John B. Murray ("The Husband")|
Tim Burstall ("The Child")
Fred Schepisi ("The Priest")
David Baker ("The Family Man")
|Produced by|| Christopher Muir |
John B. Murray
|Written by|| Craig McGregor |
("The Family Man")
|Starring|| Judy Morris |
|Music by||Tim Healey & Bill Green ("The Husband")|
Peter Best ("The Child")
Bruce Smeaton ("The Priest" & "The Family Man")
|Cinematography||Eric Lomas ("The Husband")|
Robin Copping ("The Child")
Ian Baker ("The Priest")
Bruce McNaughten ("The Family Man")
|Edited by||Tim Lewis ("The Husband")|
David Bilcock Jnr ("The Child")
Brian Kavanagh ("The Priest")
Edward McQueen-Mason ("The Family Man")
Producers' & Directors' Guild of Australia
|Distributed by|| British Empire Films (Aust)|
|6 April 1973 (Australia)|
Libido is a 1973 Australian drama film comprising 4 segments written and directed as independent stories, but screened together as one piece, exploring a common theme of instinctive desire and contemporary sexuality.
John B. Murray directs a segment called "The Husband", written by Craig McGregor, Tim Burstall directs "The Child", from a screenplay by Hal Porter, Fred Schepisi directs Thomas Keneally's "The Priest" and David Baker directs playwright David Williamson's screenplay for "The Family Man".
The four segments of the film average about 30 minutes in length and are presented in the following order.
"The Family Man"
The film arose from a series of workshops held in 1971 by the Victorian Branch of the Producers and Directors Guild to help writers work in narrative cinema. Professional writers were invited to prepare short stories on the theme of love which were adapted and produced by members of the Guild. Four of them were linked in the film.
Tim Burstall wanted to direct the David Williamson segment but because he had worked with Williamson before was given the Hal Porter one, originally called The Jetty. Burstall made some key changes to the story to make it more autobiographical and work better for film.It was shot at Werribee Park Estate in June 1972.
All the stories were shot and filmed in and around Melbourne on 16mm for a budget of $100,000, including $26,000 from the Australian Council for the Arts. According to Burstall, the episodes directed by Murray, Baker and Schepisi cost about $7,000 each and his cost $13,000 - although he says the true cost, accounting for deferrals, was closer to $23,000. He says the total cost of shooting the film was $75,000 being $120,000 after deferrals.
British Empire Films later added some funds to enable the film to be blown up to 35mm (some sources say $20,000others $36,000 ).
The film was a popular success in Australia and screened overseas. Within two years of the film's release all deferred fees had been paid back. However, when the film screened in Spain, the segment "The Priest" had to be cut.
By 1979 Burstall estimated the film had returned between $60,000 and $75,000 to the producers.
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