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The Journalist (1979)

Comedy about a Journalist on A Sydney Newspaper


Michael Thornhill


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Simon Morris
Elizabeth Alexander ... Liz Corbett
Sam Neill ... Rex
Carol Raye Carol Raye ... Maggie
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Gillie Griffiths
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Sid Mitchell
Stuart Wagstaff Stuart Wagstaff ... Courtney Lewers
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Senior Interviewer
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Sunshine
Jane Harders Jane Harders ... Wendy Morris
Michelle Jarman Michelle Jarman ... Susie Morris
Margo Lee Margo Lee ... Editor
Victoria Nicholls Victoria Nicholls ... Phillipa Richards
Sandra Lee Paterson Sandra Lee Paterson ... Marriage celebrant
Frank Wilson ... Vic Parsons


Comedy about a womanizing journalist on a Sydney newspaper who confronts job problems and impotence in the context of Australian media and politics of the 1970's. A somewhat lesser Australian film comparable to the American film Shampoo. Written by Anonymous

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A saucy, sexy, funny look at a man who couldn't say NO! See more »









Release Date:

15 November 1979 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Novinar See more »

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Hong Kong, China See more »

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One of two feature filmed productions of director Michael Thornhill that were first released in the year of 1979. The movies are 'The Journalist' (1979) and 'Harvest of Hate' (1979) (TV). See more »


References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »


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4 September 2006 | by felixq78See all my reviews

This must be the worst Aussi flick I've ever had the misfortune to see. Full of well known Australian actors and it's my bet they cringe with embarrassment whenever this movie is mentioned. It's our Ishtar. Dustin Hoffman once said, "everbody has an Ishtar" and boy was he right the only difference with 'The Journalist' is that it includes practically all of our popular Australian actors whereas Ishtar belongs to two men, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beattie. The movie reminds me of a time in Australia when we were desperately attempting to find ourselves some sort of cultural identity. We didn't like to be seen as ockers so we attempted to project some sort of pseudo intellectual sophisticate image which was as transparent as glass. It's totally unintentional but the Journalist gives an insight into what we were like during the seventies, bumping around in the dark trying to find ourselves and if we're lucky we might find our way out of the darkness. Taken at face value the movie fails miserably at whatever it's trying to express probably because the producers didn't really know what they were attempting in the first place. Taken from the viewpoint of someone who was coming of age in the seventies it's successful at showing just how lost we were during those adolescent times giving us a real sense of relief when we realize that it's all over, we're no longer searching. We've found ourselves and although we don't like everything we see at least we know where we should be heading as Australians in the twenty first century. With that in mind, it is worth a look.

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