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Thirst
Directed by Rod Hardy
Produced by Antony I. Ginnane
Written by John Pinkney
Starring Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps, David Hemmings
Music by Brian May
Distributed by Greater Union Organisation (Australia)
New Line Cinema (USA)
Release date(s) 28 September 1979 (Australia)
29 September 1979 (USA)
Running time 93 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $750,000

Thirst is a 1979 Australian film by Rod Hardy. It stars Australian actors Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire and science fiction genres, influenced by the 1973 film Soylent Green[1] as well as drawing on the vampire folklore of Elizabeth Báthory – one of several vampire films in the 1970s to do so.[2]

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Plot

The plot revolves around married professional Kate Davis (Contouri), who is kidnapped by a shadowy organization known as the 'The Brotherhood'. She is informed of her ancient lineage of descent from Báthory.[2] The Brotherhood have a hospital-like compound where they clinically 'bleed' brainwashed and hypnotised humans and harvest and consume their blood. After Kate refuses to join, the cult debates over whether to give her hallucinogens to break down her resistance. Dr. Fraser (Hemmings) is against this but is outnumbered. Kate is initiated into the cult, feasts on blood and is returned home. Later, Kate's lover Derek (Rod Mullinar) is kidnapped and taken to the farm. Dr. Fraser helps him escape and seeks out Kate, seemingly in attempt to reunite them, only to reveal he is also descended from a vampire lineage and seeks a union with her.

Production

The artists' colony of Montsalvat north of Melbourne was used as the cult's headquarters. Producer Ginnane had sought out Hemmings and American Henry Silva in supporting roles to bolster the film's popularity outside Australia.[3]

Reception

Released on November 1, 1979 in Australia, the film did not do well at the box office.[3] Although, it was highly regarded by film critic Leonard Maltin, who gave it three stars out of four.[4]

References

  1. ^ Murray, Scott (1993). Australian Film 1978-1992. Oxford University Press. pp. 48. ISBN 0-19-553584-7.  
  2. ^ a b Silver, Alain; James Ursini (1993). The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's Dracula. New York: Limelight. p. 184. ISBN 0-87910-170-9.  
  3. ^ a b Kuipers, Richard (2009). "Thirst (1979)". National Film and Sound Archive website. National Film and Sound Archive. http://australianscreen.com.au/titles/thirst/. Retrieved 2009-06-21.  
  4. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2004). Leonard Maltin's 2005 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. pp. 1405. ISBN 0-451-21481-1.  

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Thirst
File:Thirst
Directed by Rod Hardy
Produced by Antony I. Ginnane
Written by John Pinkney
Starring Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps, David Hemmings
Music by Brian May
Distributed by Greater Union Organisation (Australia)
New Line Cinema (USA)
Release date(s) 28 September 1979 (1979-09-28) (Australia)
29 September 1979 (1979-09-29) (USA)
Running time 93 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $750,000

Thirst is a 1979 Australian film by Rod Hardy. It stars Australian actors Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire and science fiction genres, influenced by the 1973 film Soylent Green[1] as well as drawing on the vampire folklore of Elizabeth Báthory – one of several vampire films in the 1970s to do so.[2]

Contents

Plot

The plot revolves around married professional Kate Davis (Contouri), who is kidnapped by a shadowy organization known as 'The Brotherhood'. She is informed of her ancient lineage of descent from Báthory.[2] The Brotherhood have a hospital-like compound where they clinically 'bleed' brainwashed and hypnotised humans and harvest and consume their blood. After Kate refuses to join, the cult debates over whether to give her hallucinogens to break down her resistance. Dr. Fraser (Hemmings) is against this but is outnumbered. Kate is initiated into the cult, feasts on blood and is returned home. Later, Kate's lover Derek (Rod Mullinar) is kidnapped and taken to the farm. Dr. Fraser helps him escape and seeks out Kate, seemingly in attempt to reunite them, only to reveal he is also descended from a vampire lineage and seeks a union with her.

Production

The artists' colony of Montsalvat north of Melbourne was used as the cult's headquarters. Producer Ginnane had sought out Hemmings and American Henry Silva in supporting roles to bolster the film's popularity outside Australia.[3]

Reception

Released on 28 September 1979 in Australia, the film did not do well at the box office.[3] It was highly regarded by film critic Leonard Maltin, who gave it three stars out of four.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Murray, Scott (1993). Australian Film 1978-1992. Oxford University Press. pp. 48. ISBN 0-19-553584-7. 
  2. ^ a b Silver, Alain; James Ursini (1993). The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's Dracula. New York: Limelight. p. 184. ISBN 0-87910-170-9. 
  3. ^ a b Kuipers, Richard (2009). "Thirst (1979)". National Film and Sound Archive website. National Film and Sound Archive. http://australianscreen.com.au/titles/thirst/. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2004). Leonard Maltin's 2005 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. pp. 1405. ISBN 0-451-21481-1. 

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