||THE FJ HOLDEN MOVIE, A SLICE OF
AUSSIE NOSTALGIA from the 1970s!
The FJ Holden movie, a
slice of Bankstown life in the 1970s, Australian
'New Wave' cinema,
Sigrid Thornton, Paul Couzens,
Eva Dickinson, Carl Stever, Gary Waddell, Karlene
Rogerson, Colin Yarwood, Graham Rouse.
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|BANKSTOWN AS IT
WAS, BACK IN THE 1970s ...
More of a
documentary than a drama, a 'docu-drama' if you
will, 'The FJ Holden' movie delivers up
Bankstown, NSW, Australia, as it really was for
us local rev-heads in the late 1970s.
77 magazine #3 featured the only colour cover I've
been able to find (see below).
colour spread - of Ol' 55, BAD-781, with Frankie
J Holden, is of a different FJ, or else it has a
different plate, AXB 146.
Sprayed in the same
yellow and sign-written on the side: "The FJ
Holden - The groovy new movie" (see above).
movie with scenes of Greenacre a decade earlier available on DVD
is a Screensound restored
print, namely 'They're a Weird Mob'.
Highly recommended for the nostalgic content. Viewer comments regarding 'They're a Weird Mob'
are listed below, separately.
Kevin Paul Couzens
Anne Eva Dickinson
Bob Carl Stever
Deadlegs Gary Waddell
Cheryl Karlene Rogerson
Brian Colin Yarwood
Sgt Graham Rouse
Kevin's father Roy Corbett
Kevin's mother Beryl Marshall
Wendy Sigrid Thornton
Sullivan Ray Marshall
Armstead Maggie Kirkpatrick
Security Guard Harry Lawrence
Production company FJ Films, in
association with Greater Union Distributors and
the Australian Film Commission.
Producer and Director Michael Thornhill
Screenplay Terry Larsen
Photography David Gribble using Eastman
Colour. Shot on 16mm.
Editor Max Lemon
Music Jim Manzie
Assoc. Producers Jenny Woods and Errol
Art Directors Lissa Coote and Monte
Sound Don Connolly
Production Manager Jenny Woods
Unit Manager Pom Oliver
First assistant director Errol Sullivan
Running time 101 minutes
Australian rating M in
NSW, R elsewhere
Shoot Approximately 7 weeks in
Source for the above information The Last New Wave by David Stratton,
A&R 1980, and the definitive guide to Australian Film in the 1970s.
played by Gary Waddell.
PREMIERE - 29th
At Bankstown Chullora Twin Drive-In, Waterloo Road,
Greenacre. The site is now occupied by a Big-W department
store and shopping centre.
FJ and FX Holdens were
admitted free on the opening night.
Sydney: Rapallo Cinema
Melbourne: Rapallo Cinema
FILMING LOCATIONSVIDEO - Roadshow Home Video in
Australia released a PAL video tape in the 1980s.
Several copies have turned up on eBay. See
Revesby, Chullora, Picnic Point, Bankstown
Square and Underwood Road, Homebush ('brickpits').
(Locations as they were in
2007 - PHOTOS in YAHOO GROUP photos section.)
DVD - Umbrella released the
DVD in late 2005 and it's currently available, either within a
on a 3 movies disc, or singly.
- Original vinyl soundtracks as follows:
33rpm 12" longplay
Mushroom - L 36 222;
45rpm 7" single Mushroom - K 6748
Mob' comments regarding Bankstown - Greenacre
Thanks to your indications, we found the house.
The address is 128 Greenacre Road Greenacre. The
Chinaman's house is 130 and has not changed a bit
from 1964. Some of the houses fronting have been
altered but there is enough there after 40 years
that are good reference points. Number 132, which
is glimpsed in a scene from the movie, has been
pulled down and a two-storey building is
currently being erected.
Again thanks very much for your help and I look
forward to your reviews on IMDB and any further
19/09/04 10:16:21 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Graeme from the Yahoo FJ
HOLDEN MOVIE group writes:
Okay fans, in the absence
of an original script, and for your edification
and enjoyment, I have written a full transcript
of "The FJ Holden" in screenplay
format, and placed it in the Files section of the
Group. The file is called The FJ Holden.pdf, and
you'll need the free of charge Acrobat reader to
I found this a most
interesting exercise, if only to document the
banality of the dialogue as shot. The movie could
have been subtitled "G'day" because I
counted 26 instances of it. I'd love to see a
copy of the original script to see how much of
the dialogue was ad-libbed, and also how much of
the scenes were fully scripted, as opposed to
made up on the spot as a location suggested ideas
to the director.
Also, with hardly any
post-production looping of the dialogue
soundtrack, some of the lines are extremely
difficult to understand, even after dozens of
playings. There are 2 places where I simply
couldn't work out what was being said. These are
marked as [inaudible]. I'd be very pleased to
replace those with the actual words if anybody
can tell me what they are.
I also spotted numerous
holes in the story logic, some of which had
slipped by me in previous viewings.
Nonetheless, for me at
least, it's still a great movie for what it is,
rather than what the director thought it might
Here's a link: [You'll need to join
the FJ HOLDEN MOVIE Yahoo group to access it. -
Hope you enjoy it, and if
you spot any typos, etc, please let me know.
Cheers, Graeme (5th October, 2007)
by way of opinions
on the movie, personal recollections on the
making of the movie, photos, articles and other
information will be gratefully received,
including notification of any errors.
John at firstname.lastname@example.org
to the size of the double spread at the top of
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