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The Journalist (1979) Poster

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The film's Australian movie poster showed actor Jack Thompson sitting intimately at a pub bar with two women, tag-lines stating that his character was "irresistible", has "a weakness for women" and is "a man who couldn't say NO!". Reportedly, in real life, Thompson had a real-life live-in relationship for about 15 years during the 1970s and 1980s with two women, the sisters Leona and Bunkie, which became a talking point in the Australian media and with the Australian public. Moreover, Thompson appeared as the first ever nude male centerfold in 1972 in 'Cleo' magazine.
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Writer-director Michael Thornhill once said of this film: "Everything's done to give people a giggle...I'm bored rigid with social realism and audiences are bored rigid with Australian naturalism. I think they want fantasy and I think you can make statements if you want to in an entertainment fantasy...It's a comedy with a snappy line of dialogue but it is about as much about the world of journalism as The Goodbye Girl (1977) is a film dealing with little theatre in New York...The movie has a very glossy and elegant look".
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This movie's opening prologue states: "The following story is true. Only the names and incidents have been changed to protect the guilty and allow the producers to eat lunch without being molested".
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Third feature film directed by Michael Thornhill.
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Jack Thompson received top / first billing, Elizabeth Alexander received second billing, Sam Neill received third billing.
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Third leading role in an Australian theatrical film for Elizabeth Alexander after Summerfield (1977) and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978). Alexander had also had a smaller role in Ride a Wild Pony (1975).
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First credited film as a writer for Michael Thornhill.
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Both of this film's co-writers, Edna Wilson and Michael Thornhill, had formerly been journalists.
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First Australian theatrical feature film for New Zealand actor Sam Neill.
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Apart from voice work on The Magic Pudding (2000), this is the only ever movie that stars Jack Thompson and Sam Neill have both appeared in.
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This movie marked the return to lead roles for Australian actor Jack Thompson who, at the advice of his agent, had recently concentrated on interesting supporting roles. So for a short period prior to this film, Thompson appeared in smaller notable parts in films such as Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Caddie (1976) and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978).
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Final theatrically released movie directed by Michael Thornhill until The Everlasting Secret Family (1988), a gap of nine years. This picture is also Thornhill's penultimate theatrically released film.
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This was Australian actor Jack Thompson's last film prior to starring in Breaker Morant (1980) for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Director Michael Thornhill intentionally cast well-known Australian actors and celebrities in this movie's smaller bit parts and minor roles. These players included Penne Hackforth-Jones, Stuart Wagstaff and Beryl Cheers.
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At the newspaper office, one line of dialogue refers to the "Moorhouse article". This movie's director Michael Thornhill has made films written by author Frank Moorhouse, such as Between Wars (1974) and The Everlasting Secret Family (1988).
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This movie was memorable for its catchy theme song "Fancy Dancer".
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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).
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Victoria Nicholls: The Australian TV star as Phillipa Richards.
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Stuart Wagstaff: The Australian television personality as TV producer Courtney Lewers.
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