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Belinda is a 1988 Australian film directed by Pamela Gibbons which stars Deanne Jeffs in the title role. The film was also known as Midnight Dancer.

Directed byPamela Gibbons
Produced byBedrich Kabriel
Written byPamela Gibbons
StarringDeanne Jeffs
Kaarin Fairfax
Music byLes Gock
CinematographyMalcolm McCulloch
Edited byDavid Huggett
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
97 minutes
BudgetA$2.4 million[1]



Sixteen-year-old Australian girl Belinda (Deanne Jeffs) wants to become a ballerina. To makes ends meet, she takes a job as an exotic dancer in a Sydney cabaret. Eventually, she is able to reach her goal, but not before experiencing humanity at best and worst of times.


  • Deanne Jeffs as Belinda
  • Mary Regan as Crystal
  • Kaarin Fairfax as Sandra
  • Nicos Lathouris as Benny
  • Hazel Phillips as Doreen
  • John Jarratt as Graeme
  • Elizabeth Lord as Mandy
  • Gerda Nicholson as Belinda's Mother
  • Alan Cassell as Belinda's Father
  • Tim Burns as Jamie


The movie was autobiographical for Pamela Gibbons. It was shot in Sydney August to October 1986.[2]


Award Category Nominee Result
Australian Film Institute[3] Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
Best Achievement in Sound Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kaarin Fairfax Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated



  1. ^ "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p195
  3. ^ "AACTA Winner & Nominees 1987". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
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