A City’s Child (1971)


 A psychological drama on the theme of suburban loneliness in which a repressed middle-aged woman, living with a demanding bed-ridden mother, slips into a fantasy world which may be more than a figment of her imagination.

Director: Brian Kavanagh.
Writers: Don Battye, Brian Kavanagh.
Stars: Monica Maughan, Sean Scully, Moira Carleton, Vivean Gray, Marguerite Lofthouse, Beverley Heath, Michael Howley, Roger Scales, Donna Drake, Mary Marshall.


Many thanks to Jay for sending me a copy of this film.

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  1. Nick
    August 17, 2021

    Very rare Australian movie many thanks for this Jon, don’t know how you do it, nut please keep on doing it! Cheers, Nick

  2. Wolfgang Jahn
    September 27, 2022

    45:04 🤔👍

    A spinster dreaming/fantasising anout a Ken-lookalike boyfriend.

    Not a bad movie, but you gotta be prepared for a slooooooow ride.

    I guess people felt different about time passing in the 70ies. Life was less hectic then, so a movie running only 77 minutes but feeling like 107 was no problem back then. But honestly, if you are patient, then this is worth a look!

  3. Wolfgang Jahn
    September 27, 2022

    Is it just me or is that lanky fellow getting taller and taller as the movie progresses?

    Or is our female lead, the spinster, shrinking?


  4. Wolfgang Jahn
    September 27, 2022

    I also like the look of this movie, like the 8mm clips my parents shot on holiday in the 70ies. It even has that grain of dirt in the gamera lens. 👍👏 Naturalistic filmmaking at its best. 👍

  5. Wolfgang Jahn
    September 27, 2022

    camera lens … I meant

  6. Wolfgang Jahn
    September 27, 2022

    Anyone got an idea, why this is titled A CITY’S CHILD? There are no children in this … just dolls… DOLL KILLER would be more appropriate. 😂

    I also like the music. It was actually released in a – nowadays very rare and expensive – 33rpm soundtrack LP on Havoc HST 4002 (Australia 1972).

    Now I gotta see sth. faster moving …

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