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Winter of Our Dreams is a 1981 Australian drama film directed by John Duigan. Judy Davis won the Best Actress in a Lead Role in the AFI Awards for her performance in the film. The film was nominated in 6 other categories also.[2] It was also entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival where Judy Davis won the award for Best Actress.[3]

Winter of Our Dreams
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Directed byJohn Duigan
Produced byRichard Mason
Written byJohn Duigan
StarringJudy Davis
Bryan Brown
Baz Luhrmann
Music bySharon Calcraft
CinematographyTom Cowan
Edited byHenry Dangar
Release date
31 July 1981
Running time
89 minutes
Box office$959,000 (Australia)

Rob (Bryan Brown), a bookshop owner, hears of the suicide of an old girlfriend Lisa (Margie McCrae). While investigating the case he meets Lou (Judy Davis), a prostitute and old friend of Lisa's.




In the late 1970s Duigan wrote a script called Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain about a European anti-nuclear campaigner who comes to Australia and meets a 60s radical turned yuppie. The film was never made but the former radical character was re used in Winter of Our Dreams.[1]

There were three weeks of rehearsals and five weeks of shooting in Kings Cross and Balmain.[1]

Box officeEdit

Winter of Our Dreams was popular, grossing $959,000 at the box office in Australia,[4] which is equivalent to $3,107,160 in 2009 dollars.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p138
  2. ^ IMDb - awards
  3. ^ "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

Further readingEdit

  • Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 312. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.

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