Post two re The Dimboola Banner’s stories and pictures about the making of “Dimboola” the movie

The following images and articles are from The Dimboola Banner, Friday, June 2, 1978.

Most of the filming of “Dimboola” took place in and around the small Victoria township of Dimboola. For those few weeks the people of Dimboola took a great deal of interest in the filming, with some even taking part as extras in the movie. The local paper, The Dimboola Banner, published several articles about the event which were accompanied by publicity photos taken by the film’s stills photographer, Ponch Hawkes.

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The Dimboola Banner – news articles and pictures – filming of “Dimboola”

The following images and articles are from The Dimboola Banner, Tuesday, May 30, 1978

Most of the filming of the APG’s movie, “Dimboola”,  took place in mid-1978 in and around the small Victoria township of Dimboola. For those few weeks the people of Dimboola took a great deal of interest in the filming, with some even taking part as extras in the movie. Naturally, the local paper, The Dimboola Banner, published several articles about the event. These were often accompanied by publicity photos taken by the film’s stills photographer and APG member, Ponch Hawkes.

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Theatre Australia magazine – Carlton special – 1977

Theatre Australia cover

Max Gillies – 1977 (Cover photo by Ian McKenzie)

This edition of Theatre Australia contains articles titled:

  • “Ten Years of Carlton Theatre” by Garrie Hutchinson (with photos from 1969 and 1970);
  • “The Many Masks of Max Gillies” by John Larkin;
  • “Carlton Designs” by Peter Corrigan (with photos of sets for the plays “City Sugar”, A Floating World”, “Pecking Orders”, “The Mother”, “Crackers at the Savoy” and “Canned Peaches”.; and
  • Playscript – “Marvelous Melbourne” – Part One, with an introduction by Jack Hibberd on “How Marvelous Melbourne Came to Life”.
pram Factory Advert Theatre Australia

Advertisement appearing in the “Carlton special” edition of Theatre Australia magazine, August 1977

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“Dimboola” the movie – review in Cinema Papers – 1979

Source: Cinema Papers, Issue 21, May-June 1979

Bruce and Tim

Review - section 1

Review - section 2

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“Dimboola”, the movie, Cinema Papers, 1978

Dimboola in Cinema Papers

L to R: Natalie Bate, Bruce Spence and Kerry Dwyer


The wedding party in the movie “Dimboola”. From Cinema Papers, Oct-Nov 1978. Photo probably taken by Stills Photographer, Ponch Hawkes.

This news article in Cinema Papers was written by Jack Clancy, and is from his observations on the scene during the making of the movie.

Headings in the article: The Shooting, Panavision, The Town, The Script, Actors, Rushes.

Named persons in photos: John Weily (producer), Paul Ammitzboll (grip), John Duigan (director), Tom Cowan (director of photography), Jan Kenny (focus puller), Walter Dobrowoski (first assistant), Larry Eastwood (art director), Lloyd Carrick (sound recordist), and actors Dick May, Barry Barkla, Irene Hewitt and Alan Rowe.

The cover photo and all photos in the article were probably taken by the Stills Photographer, Ponch Hawkes.

The following production details of the movie are published in the Production Survey section of the magazine:
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“Sisters” poster from the APG

“Sisters” was staged by the Australian Performing Group in the front theatre of its Pram Factory theatre in Carlton from May 20 to June 23, 1976. Written by Robin Thurston, it was a prison show written by a man but with an all-female cast. They are pictured below in a copy of the poster.

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Dressed up and recording the Hills Family Radio Show: exclusive photos

“The Hills Family Show” was arguably the most popular and critically acclaimed theatre production by the Australian Performing Group. (More memorabilia from this production will be posted on this site later.)

The fact that the APG recorded a version of the Hills Family Show for radio seems to have been overlooked in written accounts of the APG.

The in-costume recording took place at the Pram Factory Theatre in Carlton on Saturday, 3 July 1976. (Max Gillies’ injured arm is real!) I believe the recording was aired on community radio station 3CR, Melbourne. Over the next few weeks I will be posting here my 20 exclusive photos of the event. (I’m almost certain that I was the only person at the event with a camera.) Peter J Keenan 25/6/2014.

Number of photos posted to 8/9/2014 = 15

Photo 1 – Max Gillies, Sue Ingleton, Tony Taylor, Fay Mokotow, Robert Meldrum, Evelyn Krape and Bill Garner, July 1976

All dressed for recording

Photo 2 (below) – Evelyn Krape and Fay Mokotow, July 1976

Hills Krape Mokotow

Photo 3 (below) – Jon Hawkes, juggling on radio, July 1976

Jon Hawkes juggling

Photo 4 (below) – Susy Potter, making sounds with her feet, July 1976

Susy Potter

Photo 5 (below) – Jack Weiner and Sue Ingleton tickle the ivories, July 1976


 Weiner and Singleton


Photo 6 (below) – Sue Ingleton, July 1976

Sue Ingleton by herself

Photo 7 (below) – Fay Mokotow and Robert Meldrum, July 1976

Fay and Robert dancing

Photo 8 (below) – Tony Taylor and Max Gillies, July 1976. (In background: Lloyd Carrick, sound recordist, Sue Ingleton, Robert Meldrum and Bill Garner.)

Tony and Max

Photo 9 (below) – Fay Mokotow and Max Gillies, July 1976.
Fay and Max

Photo 10 (below) – Evelyn Krape, July 1976

Evelyn Krape at mike

Photo 11 (below) – Robert Meldrum, Sue Ingleton, Evelyn Krape, Tony Taylor, Max Gillies and Bill Garner, July 1976

Several at mikes

Photo 12 (below) – Tony Taylor, Jack Weiner, Bill Garner and Max Gillies, July 1976

Four Hills

Photo 13 (below) – Max Gillies, July 1976

Max Gillies

Photo 14 (below) – Bill Garner, July 1976

Bill Garner

Photo 15 (Below) – Fay Mokotow and Robert Meldrum, July 1976

Fay and Robert

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Australian Performing Group Actors Agency brochure 1975

This is the second brochure prepared by the Actors Agency run by the APG . It was prepared in 1975 and contains photographs and short biographies of the following actors, with a page allocated to each:

Joe Bolza, Eileen Chapmen, Jane Clifton, Roz deWinter, Claire Dobbin, Bill Garner, Neil Giles, Max Gillies, Sue Ingelton, Evelyn Krape, Wilfred Last, Yvonne Marini, Robert Meldrum, Fay Mokotow, Greig Pickhaver, Carol Porter, Susy Potter, Michael Price, Tim Robertson, Tony Taylor and Bob Thorneycroft.

Joe BolzaEileen ChapmanJane CliftonRoz deWinterClaire DobbinBill GarnerNeil GilesMax GilliesSue IngeltonEvelyn KrapeWilfred LastYvonne MariniRobert MeldrumFay MokotowGreig PickhaverCarol PorterSusy PotterMichael PriceTim RobertsonTony TaylorBob Thorneycroft Red line small


Larger venue causes mixed reaction to “Melba” production at National Theatre

After the Australian Performing Group performed “A Toast to Melba” in Adelaide to critical and popular acclaim, it moved the production to the much larger National Theatre in St Kilda, opening on 1 April 1976. Not everyone was as impressed. Here are reviews by Keith Dunstan (The Sun), Kit Neilson, Garrie Hutchinson (The Australian), L.R. (The Tribune), Colin Talbot (Nation Review), Ian Marshall, Leonard Radic (The Age), and The Southern Cross, together with some publicity pieces from the Melbourne Sun.






Kit Neilson part 1
Kit Neilson Part 2



Hutchinson April 76



Tribune 1976



Talbot april 76 part 1
Talbot April 76 part 2



Marshall April 76



Radic April 76 part1
Radic April 76 part2
Radic April 76 Part 3
Radic April 76 part 4
Radic April 1976 part 5
Radic April 76 part 6



Southern cross april 76



Publicity heading
Photo of Evelyn
Publicity blurb april 76




High praise from critics for “A Toast to Melba” at 1976 Adelaide Festval

The Australian Performing Group performed “A Toast to Melba”, its new play by Jack Hibberd, at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in March 1976 and received high praise from critics. Here are the reviews by Leonard Radic (The Age), Garrie Hutchinson (The Australian), Andre Jute (Nation Review) and The Bulletin’s critic.


The Age, 13 March 1976

Leonard Radic part 2
Leonard Radic part 3
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The Australian, 8 March 1976


Nation Review, 26 March 1976




The Bulletin part 1

Bulletin part 2

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