WINTER OF OUR DREAMS
WED 14 FEB, 7PM | Arc Cinema | $10/$8
1981 | M | 89mins | AUSTRALIA | D: John Duigan
Judy Davis and Bryan Brown star – a man befriends his dead girlfriend’s best pal and repeats past mistakes.
"Winter of Our Dreams was one of the surprise hits of 1981. It played for five months in Sydney, a vindication of John Duigan’s decision to keep trying after it was initially rejected for funding, under a different title, in the late 1970s. Duigan rewrote the story entirely, but it was the interest of Bryan Brown and Judy Davis that finally helped to secure the fairly meagre budget (about A$320,000). Davis had made a huge impact two years earlier in My Brilliant Career (1979). Brown was already a seasoned and popular film actor, having made a dozen features in five years including Newsfront (1978) and Breaker Morant (1979). The surprise was that a film so austere and uncompromising, about a junkie prostitute’s failure to find love, would work so well with audiences." - Paul Byrnes, Australian Screen Online
Several images from the set of Winter of our Dreams feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018.