Barnaby and Me

Barnaby and Me is a 1978 Australian TV movie about a girl and her talking koala Barnaby who are pursued by criminals.[1] The film was produced by Transatlantic Enterprises in association with Six Flags, presented as the theme park company's first foray into the movie business.[2]

Barnaby and Me
Directed byNorman Panama
Produced byMatthew Herman
Written byJames Henerson
StarringSid Caesar
Juliet Mills
Hugh Keays-Byrne
Sally Boyden
Distributed byABC
Release date
Running time
90 mins

Australian singer Sally Boyden turned down the chance to tour with Liberace to make the movie.[3] John Newcombe has a cameo where he plays a game of tennis against Caesar.[4]


Additionally, Rangi Nicols plays Ko, a native of the mysterious outback colony of Happy Valley. John Newcombe also appears as himself in a scene where competes with Barnaby in a frenzies match on the court.[5]


  1. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p11
  2. "Six Flags Produces Motion Pictures". The Taylor Daily Press. 21 April 1978.
  3. "People". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 10 November 1976. p. 9. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. "People". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 19 January 1977. p. 9. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  5. Normann, Debra (14 May 1978). "Unpredictable Koala Making Starring Debut". El Paso Times.

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