Lawrence Johnston chronicles the Melbourne production of Stanley Kramer's adaptation of Nevil Shute's On The Beach
“A strong and cohesive documentary [that] allows for a wry study of Hollywood down under” - SBS Movies
Lawrence Johnston’s meticulously researched documentary explores the life and work of author Nevil Shute and his best-selling novel On the Beach.
Published in 1957, Shute wrote the novel as a cautionary response to the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and as a warning of the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Remaining faithful to the novel's Australian setting, producer-director Stanley Kramer and his crew traveled to Melbourne to shoot the film over four months in early 1959 with a marquee cast of actors that included Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and a young Anthony Perkins.
Not only a compelling primer on Shute's novel and Kramer's film - Lawrence's film features on camera interviews with Shute's daughter, Heather Mayfield, and Kramer's widow, Karen Kramer, among other authoritative voices - Fallout also chronicles the frenzied media reception Kramer and his star cast received, offering a fascinating social history of Melbourne at the end of the 1950s.
Director Lawrence Johnston joins us for a special post-film presentation following the 3.30 pm session of Fallout on Saturday 2 February.
- DIRECTOR: Lawrence Johnston
- Duration: 86 mins
- Country: Australia
- Language: English
- Date: 2013
- Format: DCP, Colour
- Courtesy: Rough Trade Pictures
- Source: Rough Trade Pictures
- Rating: M (Mature themes)