My Tim BURSTALL films

by SmackCheeks | created - 18 Oct 2017 | updated - 30 Nov 2017 | Public

Tim Burstall AM (20 April 1927 – 19 April 2004) was an English Australian film director, writer and producer, best known for hit Australian movie Alvin Purple (1973) and its sequel Alvin Rides Again. A key figure in Australian postwar cinema, Burstall was instrumental in rebuilding the Australian film industry at a time when it had been effectively dead for over a decade. He created groundbreaking Australian films including Stork, End Play, Eliza Fraser, The Last of the Knucklemen and the 1987 adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel Kangaroo. Burstall's films featured early appearances by many legendary Australian actors including Jack Thompson, Bruce Spence, Jacki Weaver, Alvin star Graeme Blundell, John Waters and Judy Davis. Burstall's wife, Betty Burstall, an important figure in her own right, founded the pioneering La Mama Theatre in Melbourne in the late 1960s, with which Tim was involved. Speaking just after Burstall's death, David Williamson said that Burstall "couldn't stomach" Australia's lack of a film industry. "He was determined to do something about it and he had the energy and spirit to do it. (He) was a very important cultural figure: highly intelligent, widely read, with a succinct and often highly controversial opinion on everything.

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1. Stork (1971)

85 min | Comedy

Stork is a 6-foot 7 hypochondriac who dreams of revolution and works at General Motors Holden. He is sacked from his job after doing a strip tease at work and goes to live in a share house ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Bruce Spence, Jacki Weaver, Helmut Bakaitis, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 136

2. The Sex Therapist (1973)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

Waterbed salesman Alvin consults a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Abigail, Lynette Curran, Christine Amor

Votes: 431

3. Libido (1973)

117 min | Drama

Explores adultery and jealous fantasies, the end of innocence, the moral and spiritual conflicts of a priest and a nun in love. The stories define the exploration of women and the cultural upheaval of the early 70s.

Directors: David Baker, Tim Burstall, John B. Murray, Fred Schepisi | Stars: Elke Neidhart, Bryon Williams, Mark Albiston, John Williams

Votes: 44

4. Alvin Rides Again, and Again! And Again! And Again! (1974)

89 min | Comedy

Alvin Purple, the world's most unlikely sex symbol stumbles from woman to woman and job to job in this zany, sexy Australian comedy.

Directors: David Bilcock, Robin Copping | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Alan Finney, Gus Mercurio, Noel Ferrier

Votes: 159

5. Petersen (1974)

R | 97 min | Drama

Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver, Wendy Hughes, Arthur Dignam

Votes: 115

7. Australia After Dark (1975)

90 min | Documentary

A 1970s 'Ozploitation' documentary looking at a random collection of stories from the "dark side" of Australian culture.

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Gina Allen, Count Copernicus, Hayes Gordon, Renee Lense

Votes: 103

8. The ABC of Love and Sex: Australia Style (1978)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

A tongue-in-cheek sex education documentary covering a different subject for each letter of the alphabet, e.g. A is for Anatomy, B is for Babies, etc.

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Sandy Gore, Michael Cole, Maj-Brith Bergström-Walan, Ian Broadbent

Votes: 103

9. The Rollicking Adventures of Eliza Fraser (1976)

130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Susannah York, John Waters, John Castle, Noel Ferrier

Votes: 131

11. High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

Two fun-loving carnival workers take a vacation with the hope of finding plenty of sex and drugs. Their "quest" is fulfilled when they encounter a dope-peddler and two exotic nightclub dancers.

Director: Igor Auzins | Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Grigor Taylor, Wendy Hughes, Sandra McGregor

Votes: 82

12. The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Michael Preston, Peter Hehir, Dennis Miller

Votes: 119

13. Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History

A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 2,049

14. Duet for Four (1982)

97 min | Drama

A middle aged man deals with various problems. His wife is cheating on him, his own mistress wants to get married, his daughter is showing signs of drug addiction, and his business may be taken over.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Michael Preston, Wendy Hughes, Michael Pate, Diane Cilento

Votes: 19

15. The Naked Country (1985)

90 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A rancher comes in conflict with a gang of renegade Aborigines on the run from their tribe's posse. They try to kill him, but he gets away and hides in the woods. His posh wife and her lover, a local alcoholic cop, go to rescue him.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Stanton, Rebecca Gilling, Ivar Kants, Tommy Lewis

Votes: 86

16. Kangaroo (1986)

R | 108 min | Drama

A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Colin Friels, Judy Davis, John Walton, Julie Nihill

Votes: 196 | Gross: $0.43M

17. Great Expectations: The Untold Story (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Stanton, Sigrid Thornton, Robert Coleby, Noel Ferrier

Votes: 20

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