The Eye of the Storm

September 7th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • TBA,
  • 114 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Charlotte Rampling, Colin Friels, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Dustin Clare, Elizabeth Alexander, Alexandra Schepisi, John Gaden, Barry Langrishe, Maria Theodorakis, Jamie Timony, Bille Brown, Jane Menelaus, Laurent Boulanger, William Fisher, Bob Marcs, Tom Broadhurst
  • Director: Fred Schepisi
  • Writers: Judy Morris, Patrick White
  • Producers: Gregory J. Read, Antony Waddington
  • Co Producer: Sally Ayre-Smith
  • Associate Producer: Toby Pease
  • Executive Producers: Bob Marcs, Richard Payten, Andrew Mackie, Jonathan Shteinman, Edward Simpson, James M. Vernon
  • Art Direction: Janie Parker
  • Casting: Nikki Barrett
  • D.O.P.: Ian Baker
  • Editor: Kate Williams
  • Makeup: Zeljka Stanin
  • Music: Paul Grabowsky
  • Production Design: Melinda Doring
  • Set Decoration: Glen W. Johnson


In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships - and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Production Budget: $16 million
  • Production Companies: Paper Bark Films Pty. Ltd.
  • Production Schedule: April 2010 - June 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Fred Schepsi ("Roxanne," "Six Degrees of Separation") has kept relatively quiet in recent years with his last on screen directing effort being 2003's "It Runs in the Family". In 2008 he failed to get funding for the proposed Vietnam war feature "The Last Man" with Guy Pearce and David Wenham, and instead shifted his attention to this film adaptation of Patrick White's 1973 novel, a book so good it was the key to scoring the author a Nobel Prize for Literature.

It took some time but Schepsi managed to secure around $10 million in funding and shot the film earlier this year, over two decades since 1988's "Evil Angels" (aka. "A Cry in the Dark") which was the last time he made a film in his native country. There's still a bit of question lingering over whether actress turned scribe Judy Morris ("Happy Feet," "Babe: Pig in the City") was able to fully translate White's rich prose.

Even if she didn't, the fact is what's on offer here is a truly delicious sounding black comedy/drama about a dying tyrannical matriarch (Charlotte Rampling) and her scheming adult children (Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis), a kind of witty "King Lear" set against the backdrop of Sydney's eastern suburbs in the 1970's. An 'In Production' early trailer released a few months ago looks great if a tad over the top.

Transmission Films, who released the likes of "Samson and Delilah," "Balibo" and "Beneath Hill 60," are set to release the film in Australia this year. No word yet on an international rollout, but with the big name talent involved it'll likely sell quickly overseas."

Trailers & Clips

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  • Australian Trailer (2m 13s)09.01.11

Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 September 2011: Australia