Perhaps Love (1987 film)

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Perhaps Love
Directed by Lex Marinos
Produced by Jan Chapman
Written by Bob Ellis
StarringAnne Grigg
Distributed byABC
Release date
6 March 1988 [1]

Perhaps Love is a 1987 Australian television film about a love affair between a Frenchman and an Australian.



Student radicals, Patric and Annie, have an affair in Bali in the 1960s. They promise to meet up in Kathmandu but she returns to Melbourne, marries a left-wing politician, Jack, and has children. Patric and Annie meet up 18 years later. He is now more politically conservative, but they rekindle their affair. She decides to leave her husband and family, but changes her mind.



It was the first of a proposed nine TV movies that were made as a part of a co-production deal between Revcom and ABC. [2] Three were to be made in Australia, three in Europe with Australians; the common theme was to be "sentiment". (The other Australian movies were The Lizard King and Going Price aka A Matter of Convenience .) Filming was complete by June 1986 and involved shooting in the Philippines. [3]


In August 1986 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that "the ABC have kept quiet about" the movie, "and understandably so." [4]

The film did not screen until March 1988. The Sydney Morning Herald TV critic said the film had "endless boring flashbacks" and "the inedible print of its writer, Bob Ellis, who has made a career out of sardonically attacking the middle classes, ate into the script to an unimaginative degree." She also claimed "the ending was rather too twee." [5]

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  4. Molloy, Susan (4 August 1986). "Easing on the Shoes". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 53.
  5. Bellamy, Louise (7 March 1988). "Love Story Stale After 18 years". Sydney Morning Herald.