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
Production
company
Distributed byRoadshow
Release date
3 January 1975
Running time
83 mins
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
BudgetA$33,000[1]
Box officeA$367,000 (Aust)[2]

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

Cast

Release

In January 1975 two members of the cast, Luda Apinys and Ken Doyle sought an injunction to have the film withdrawn on the grounds that it was a pornographic film and they had only agreed to make an educational one.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

References

  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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