The Irishman (1978 film)

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The Irishman
Directed by Donald Crombie
Produced by Anthony Buckley
Written byDonald Crombie
Based on The Irishman by Elizabeth O'Conner
Starring Michael Craig
Simon Burke
Robyn Nevin
Forest Home Films
South Australian Film Corporation
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Language English
BudgetA$840,000 (est.) [1]
Box officeA$$622,000 [2]

The Irishman is an Australian 1978 romantic drama film directed and written by Donald Crombie.



The film is based on the 1960 book by Elizabeth O'Conner, [3] and was written and directed by Donald Crombie for whom it was "a labour of love". [4]

The movie was budgeted at $767,000 but went $800,000 over. [1] It was filmed in May through to July in 1977.


The film was a disappointment at the box office. Crombie later said he thought it was five to ten minutes too long, and suffered from being released soon after The Mango Tree , another coming of age period movie set in Queensland, when there was a backlash against period films. [5]

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  1. 1 2 David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p147-149
  2. Australian Films at the Box Office - Report to Film Victoria accessed 5 Oct 2012
  3. "The Irishman" via
  4. "Interview with Donald Crombie", Signet, 18 December 1998 accessed 16 November 2012
  5. Peter Beilby & Scott Murray, "Donald Crombie", Cinema Papers, Oct-Nov 1978 p131-132