Far East (film)
|Directed by||John Duigan|
|Produced by||Richard Mason|
|Written by||John Duigan|
|Music by||Sharon Calcraft|
|Edited by||Henry Dangar|
|Distributed by||Umbrella Entertainment|
|30 July 1982|
|Box office||AU$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.
John Bell was nominated at the 1982 AFI Awards in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.
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.
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