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This Australian black comedy is set in a migrant Greek and Turkish community in the suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne, Australia. The film's director John Ruane had grown-up in a migrant community himself in the same Melbourne city but in the suburb of Pascoe Vale.
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"The script was rejected by all the major distributors, but backed by Film Victoria and the Australian Film Finance Corporation, and the Overseas Film Group in Los Angeles" according to film critic and film historian Paul Byrnes at the website 'Australian Screen'.
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The "Brunswick" of this Australian movie's title is an inner suburb of the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria in the country of Australia. The picture was actually mostly filmed in the Brunswick neighborhood featured in the film.
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The movie was nominated for five AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards in 1991 but failed to take home a gong in any category.
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The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by Boyd Oxlade had been first published in 1987.
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This Australian cinema movie featured two male leads, Sam Neill and John Clarke, who were both not Australian but New Zealanders from neighboring New Zealand.
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The name of the Italian movie star actress that Sam Neill and John Clarke referred to was Gina Lollobrigida.
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Though Sam Neill is always top first billed in promotional materials, second billing fluctuates with the second credit sometimes showing Zoe Carides and others John Clarke. In the film's opening credits, Carides gets second billing.
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Debut full length theatrical feature film directed by Australian writer-director John Ruane who had previously though directed a couple of short features such as Feathers (1987) and Queensland (1976).
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According to Eamon Donnelly at the website 'The Island Continent', this Australian movie "has been credited as the first modern Australian black comedy" cinema film.
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The movie showing at the cinema was another Australian film Howling III (1987).
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The age difference between 19 year old Sophie Papafagos (Zoe Carides) and 34 year old Carl Fitzgerald (Sam Neill) was around fifteen years.
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Director of photography Ellery Ryan and source novelist & co-screenwriter Boyd Oxlade were cousins.
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According to the book "Australian Film 1978-1995" (1995) "the front credits give Zoe Carides] an umlaut but the end credits do not".
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Actress Maria Beck portrayed a character, Maria, who had the same first name as her own.
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The nick-name of Carl Fitzgerald (Sam Neill) was "Cookie".
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This motion picture is considered to be a "black comedy".
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This Australian cinema movie features a quotation from the Jerusalem Bible.
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Star Sam Neill in this film has been considered to being cast and playing against type.
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Portraying old friends in this film, actors Sam Neill and John Clarke in real life, were old friends.
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The film's closing sequence is a reference to the biblical story of "The Last Supper" with its visual aesthetic being designed around the painting of it by Leonardo Da Vinci.
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Paul Hagl has made a video tracking down the locations used in the film, available on YouTube as "Reel Streets of Melbourne - Death in Brunswick (1990)".
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