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Colin Friels


Monkey GripMonkey Grip (1982)
Dir. Ken Cameron
Feat. Colin Friels, Noni Hazlehurst, Alice Garner
Serious–minded drama set in the bohemian environs of 1980s Melbourne. Focused chiefly on a struggles of a divorcee to free herself from the…
For the Term of His Natural Life (TV Mini-series)For the Term of His Natural Life (TV Mini-series) (1982)
Dir. Rob Stewart
Feat. Colin Friels, Anthony Perkins, Patrick Macnee
Solid dramatisation of the Marcus Clarke novel concerning an Englishman unjustly transported to the harsh penal colony of Tasmania in the 1830s. Good…
Coolangatta Gold, TheCoolangatta Gold, The (1984)
Dir. Igor Auzins
Feat. Joss McWilliam, Nick Tate, Colin Friels
Fair dinkum sports drama in which a father pushes his son to become a champion of the nascent Iron Man competition on the southern Queensland…
MalcolmMalcolm (1986) Aro Favourite
Dir. Nadia Tass
Feat. Colin Friels, John Hargreaves
A simple young man with a genius for things mechanical is coerced into criminal activity by his dodgy new flatmate. Deserved winner of 8 Australian…
KangarooKangaroo (1986)
Dir. Tim Burstall
Feat. Judy Davis, Colin Friels
Thinly veiled autobiographical account of novelist D.H. Lawrence features Colin Friels as 'a British writer' in Australia who gets unintentionally…
High TideHigh Tide (1987)
Dir. Gillian Armstrong
Feat. Judy Davis, Claudia Karvan, Colin Friels
The director of MY BRILLIANT CAREER encores with Judy Davis for this bittersweet exploration of mother–daughter relations at a bleak coastal…
Ground ZeroGround Zero (1987)
Dir. Bruce Myles, Michael Pattinson
Feat. Colin Friels, Jack Thompson, Donald Pleasence
Colin Friels reveals a high–level government cover–up involving radioactive contamination in this brisk Australian thriller. Based on…
Warm Nights on a Slow Moving TrainWarm Nights on a Slow Moving Train (1988)
Dir. Bob Ellis
Feat. Wendy Hughes, Colin Friels, Norman Kaye
A Catholic schoolteacher moonlights as a prostitute to fund her disabled brother’s morphine dependence, later falling under the influence of a…
DarkmanDarkman (1990)
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels
A superhero emerges from a scientist charred beyond recognition, but able to assume the identity of anyone he chooses. Fun all the way, with the…
DingoDingo (1992) Recommended
Dir. Rolf De Heer
Feat. Colin Friels
Superb, romantic jazz tribute stars Colin Friels as an aspiring musician/devotee who sets about realizing his childhood dream, to play with his idol…
Last Man Hanged, TheLast Man Hanged, The (1992)
Dir. Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Feat. Colin Friels
'Docu–drama' reenacting the cold–blooded execution of petty thief Ronald Ryan, whose botched prison escape resulted in the unwarranted…
StarkStark (1993)
Dir. Nadia Tass
Feat. Colin Friels, Jacqueline McKenzie, Ben Elton
Neatly executed adaptation of humorist Ben Elton's first novel, an eco–thriller fuelled by Elton's unflagging humour. Follows an international…
Mr. ReliableMr. Reliable (My Entire Life) (1996)
Dir. Nadia Tass
Feat. Colin Friels, Gillian Statham, Susie Porter
A bland title conceals a corker recreation of a bizarre event of late '60s Ozzie history, when a petty criminal became a folk hero after a…
Man Who Sued God, TheMan Who Sued God, The (2001)
Dir. Mark Joffe
Feat. Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Wendy Hughes
Above–average satire in which disgruntled fisherman Billy Connolly slaps a lawsuit on the Big Guy after an ‘act of God’ sinks his…
Blackjack (TV Series)Blackjack (TV Series) (2003-2007)
Dir. Peter Andrikidis
Feat. Colin Friels, Vince Colosimo, Kate Beahan
Tenacious Aussie crime series centred on a detective banished to work in the police archives section, who uses his new surrounds to solve long…
Tom WhiteTom White (2004)
Dir. Alkinos Tsilmidos
Feat. Colin Friels, Rachael Blake, Bill Hunter
Colin Friels plays a successful middle–aged architect who suffers a nervous breakdown in this overly earnest Aussie drama about the search for…
Illustrated Family Doctor, TheIllustrated Family Doctor, The (2005)
Dir. Kriv Stenders
Feat. Samuel Johnson, Colin Friels, Jessica Napier
Sterile, oddball Australian feature set within the corridors of a glacial office building. When a zombie publishing employee proofing a medical guide…
SoloSolo (+ Project Greenlight - Australia) (2006)
Dir. Morgan O'Neill
Feat. Colin Friels
Well–executed, if relatively downbeat Australian crime caper adhering to the tried–and–true genre formula of a hitman who wants to…
Tomorrow, When the War BeganTomorrow, When the War Began (2010)
Dir. Stuart Beattie
Feat. Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis
John Marsden's enduring 'Tomorrow' series of novels for young adults receives its first big screen treatment in this story of foreign (Asian!)…
Matching JackMatching Jack (2010)
Dir. Nadia Tass
Feat. Jacinda Barrett, Richard Roxburgh, Tom Russell
A woman struggles with her son's illness and the revelation that her husband has been unfaithful, in this surprisingly uplifting drama that is…
Nothing Men, TheNothing Men, The (2010)
Dir. Mark Fitzpatrick
Feat. David Field, Colin Friels, Martin Dingle-Wall
Intense blue collar chamber piece stars Colin Friels as one of a group of laid–off factory workers who believe an industrial spy out to cancel…
Eye of the Storm, TheEye of the Storm, The (2011) Recommended
Dir. Fred Schepisi
Feat. Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis
A prodigal son and daughter attend to their dying mother in order to ensure their inheritances in this powerfully performed adaptation of Patrick…
Killing Time (TV Mini-Series)Killing Time (TV Mini-Series) (2011)
Feat. David Wenham, Diana Glenn, Colin Friels
Another hard–hitting crime story ripped from Australian headlines, starring David Wenham as a favourite defense lawyer of Melbourne's gangland…
Jack Irish: Bad DebtsJack Irish: Bad Debts (2012)
Dir. Jeffrey Walker
Feat. Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen
Guy Pearce plays the whiskey–soaked private investigator of the Peter Temple novels whose troubling past resurfaces after the death of an…
Turning, TheTurning, The (2013) Recommended
Dir. Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Jub Clerc
Feat. Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving
Tim Winton's epic collection of short stories is adapted into 17 distinct yet interlocking narratives about the turning points in a spectrum of…
SchapelleSchapelle (2013)
Dir. Khoa Do
Feat. Krew Boylan, Denise Roberts, Colin Friels
Teledrama about the famous case of Schapelle Corby, a 27–year–old beauty school dropout from the Gold Coast who was arrested at Bali…
Mystery Road (TV Mini-series)Mystery Road (TV Mini-series) (2018) Recommended
Dir. Rachel Perkins
Feat. Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman
Six–part miniseries based on the outback noir film of the same name, following indigenous detective Jay Swan as he investigates the…

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