Gross Misconduct (film)

Gross Misconduct is a 1993 Australian thriller film directed by George T. Miller. It stars Jimmy Smits and Naomi Watts.[2] It was nominated for an award by the Australian Film Institute in 1993.[3] The film has been described as an Australian version of Fatal Attraction.[4]

Gross Misconduct
Region 4 DVD cover
Directed byGeorge T. Miller
Written byGerard Maguire
Lance Peters
Based onthe play by Lance Peters
StarringJimmy Smits
Naomi Watts
Music byBruce Rowland
CinematographyDavid Connell
Edited byHenry Dangar
Distributed byBecker Entertainment
Magna Pacific
Release date
29 July 1993
Running time
89 minutes
Budgetover A$4 million[1]
Box officeA$489,598 (Australia)


At an all-girls academy in Australia, a married philosophy professor, Justin Thorne, attracts a fervent admirer in one of his students, Jennifer Carter.

Daughter of the school's headmaster, Jennifer is driven by a passion for the professor, practically throwing herself at him. Thorne resists repeatedly, but finally yields to temptation. Jennifer, feeling rejected later, accuses the professor of a sexual assault. A journal she has been keeping, fantasizing about a lover, makes it appear that she and the professor have been carrying on a long affair, placing Thorne's reputation and future in grave danger.


Story and production

The film was based on the play Assault With a Deadly Weapon which was written in 1969 by Lance Peters. It had been suggested by a 1955 scandal in Hobart, where university professor Sydney Orr had been sacked from his job on grounds of gross misconduct.[1] Gross Moral Turpitude, Cassandra Pybus' book on the Orr case which also emerged in 1993, gives a very different reading on Orr from Peters' and this film's. She writes that "in the Orr case... it was almost universally accepted... that an academic who seduced a student should be dismissed. He did. He was."[5]

The movie was the first film to be produced by PRO Films in Australia, a subsidiary of R.A. Beacker & Co. It was shot at various locations around Melbourne, including The University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Magistrates Court and Queen Victoria Market.[1]

Box office

Gross Misconduct grossed $489,598 at the box office in Australia.[6]

See also


  1. Andrew Urban, "Gross Misconduct", Cinema Papers, January 1993 p4-9
  2. Dillard, Brian J. "Gross Misconduct". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  4. O'Connell, David (2 March 2010). "Review: Gross Misconduct (1993)". In Film Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  5. Pybus, Cassandra. Gross Moral Turpitude. Heinemann, Port Melbourne 1993 p. 214
  6. Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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