The Love Epidemic

The Love Epidemic is a 1975 Australian semi-documentary about venereal disease directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It incorporates clinical case studies and sex health instruction with comedy sketches.

The Love Epidemic
Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith
Produced byBrian Trenchard-Smith
Written byBrian Trenchard-Smith
Michael Laurence (comedy material)
StarringMichael Laurence
Ros Spiers
Grant Page
Narrated byDerryck Barnes
CinematographyRussell Boyd
Greg Hunter
Stuart Fist
Ross Blake
Edited byRonda MacGregor
Distributed byRoadshow
Release date
3 January 1975
Running time
83 mins
Box officeA$367,000 (Aust)[2]

It was shot on 16mm for $33,000 and blown up to 35mm for theatrical release.[3]



In January 1975 two members of the cast, Luda Apinys and Ken Doyle sought an injunction to have the film withdrawn on the grounds that it was a pornographic film and they had only agreed to make an educational one. Their attempt was unsuccessful.[3]

The movie was rated "R".[4] According to Trenchard-Smith the film "did okay... getting its money back and making a small profit."[1]


  1. Richard Brennan, 'Brian Trenchard Smith', Cinema Papers, Dec-Jan 1979-80 p599
  2. 'Australian Films At the Australian Box office' Film Victoria accessed 28 Sept 2012
  3. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p284
  4. David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p265
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