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Emerald City

1h 32m Drama, Comedy, Australian 1988

An artistic couple and their children are tested by the move to and temptations of a big city.

Adapted from David Williamson’s classic play, this wry black comedy sees a successful couple move from Melbourne to Sydney in search of artistic integrity, only to instead encounter a world of hustlers and opportunists.

John Hargreaves (Don’s Party) stars as a prosperous screenwriter who tires of mainstream films. Trying to turn out a work social and historical value, he runs up against an industry with both eyes on the American market and the film is a flop. Meanwhile, his book editor wife attempts to publish a novel by an Aboriginal writer but is opposed by her racist publisher. Their children are also finding life in Sydney tough, with Hannah suffering depression and young Sam questioning his sexuality.

When Colin begrudgingly accepts work as a writer on a TV show, he develops a crush on another writer’s girlfriend (Nicole Kidman), capping his downward spiral in the Emerald City.


Michael Jenkins





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