Far East (film)

Far East is a 1982 Australian drama film directed by John Duigan and starring Bryan Brown, Helen Morse and John Bell. Far East has many similarities to the 1942 classic Casablanca.

Far East
Directed byJohn Duigan
Produced byRichard Mason
Written byJohn Duigan
StarringBryan Brown
Helen Morse
John Bell
Music bySharon Calcraft
CinematographyBrian Probyn
Edited byHenry Dangar
Distributed byUmbrella Entertainment
Village Roadshow
Release date
30 July 1982
Running time
102 minutes
BudgetAU$1.3 million[1]
Box officeAU$1,972,000 (Australia)


Journalist Peter Reeves (John Bell) takes his wife Jo (Helen Morse) to the Far East. There they meet Morgan Keefe (Bryan Brown), an ex-pat Aussie who owns a sleazy bar/nightspot called "The Koala Klub". After renewing their romance, Jo seeks Morgan's help when her husband is persecuted by the military regime for his investigations.



The original script was about an international business conference in the Philippines where members of the Philippines New Army surrounded them. But then the story drifted to more of a Casablanca (1943) type tale. Macao was used for eight days of location shooting.[1]


John Bell was nominated at the 1982 AFI Awards in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.

Box office

Far East grossed $1,972,000 at the box office in Australia.[2]

Home Media

Far East was released on DVD with a new print by Umbrella Entertainment in April 2012. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer and audio commentary with director John Duigan.[3]

See also


  1. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p220-221
  2. "Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  3. "Umbrella Entertainment". Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.

Further reading

  • Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 97. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.

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