Short Changed

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Short Changed
Directed by George Ogilvie
Written byBob Merritt
StarringDavid Kennedy
Jamie Agius
Music byChris Neal
CinematographyPeter Levy
Edited byRichard Francis-Bruce
Distributed by Greater Union
Release date
  • 13 November 1986 (1986-11-13)
BudgetA$1.2 million [1]
Box officeA $14,000 (Australia) [2]

Short Changed is a 1986 Australian film directed by George Ogilvie based on a script by Bob Merritt who described it as a "black/white Kramer vs Kramer ". [3]



Merritt started working on the script in 1981 and wanted to direct himself. However he was worried about getting the project financed with him as director and instead decided to work with George Ogilvie, who had directed Merritt's play The Cake Man in 1976. [3]

The film was partly funded by the New South Wales Film Corporation. Shooting started in April 1985 and went for seven weeks. There were some technical problems making the movie which held up its release. [4]

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  1. Kathy Bail, "Short Changed", Australian Film 1978-1992, Oxford Uni Press, 1993 p204
  2. "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 24 October 2012
  3. 1 2 Mary Colbert, "Positive action: Bob Merritt, playwright and screenwriter", Cinema Papers, May 1985 p24
  4. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p205-207