Lonely Hearts (1982 film)

Lonely Hearts is a 1982 Australian film directed by Paul Cox which won the 1982 AFI Award for Best Film and was nominated in four other categories.[2]

Lonely Hearts
Directed byPaul Cox
Produced byJohn B. Murray
Written byPaul Cox
John Clarke
StarringWendy Hughes
Norman Kaye
Music byNorman Kaye
CinematographyYuri Sokol
Edited byTim Lewis
Distributed byFilmways Australasian Distributors
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
95 minutes


Shortly after the death of his mother, middle-aged, Peter, realizes how lonely he is. Hoping to find adventure, he signs on with a dating agency in search of a companion. Soon, Peter is introduced to a shy bank clerk Patricia. Patricia is younger than Peter, but is also lonely, having endured smothering parents.



Paul Cox wrote the first two drafts, then Phillip Adams proposed the movie be the first of four films made by the Adams-Packer company. John Clarke was brought in to co-write and John Murray became producer. Cox was paid $30,000 which he says was the first payment he ever received for making a film.[1]

The film was shot over six weeks with two weeks for rehearsal.[3]


The film was extremely well received and screened widely overseas, establishing Cox's reputation.[1]

Bob Ellis later argued that the movie was Cox's best because more time and care was put into it with less improvisation. "It had a producer, a director, a script editor, you know, the usual apparatus and, of course, it's a full and wonderful film. His other ones are like brief, infinitely prolonged screams or sonatas or something..."[4]

Home media

Lonely Hearts was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in August 2007. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer and interviews with Paul Cox, John Clarke And Wendy Hughes.[5]

See also


  1. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p94-95
  2. IMDb awards
  3. Richard Brennan, "Wendy Hughes", Cinema Papers, October 1982 p429-432
  4. Interview with Bob Ellis, 13 August 1996 accessed 14 October 2012
  5. "Umbrella Entertainment". Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  • Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 267. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.
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