Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Sum of Us

1994 Australian Feature

Cast: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy, Joss Moroney, Mitch Matthews and Julie Herbert
Directors: Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling
Writer: David Stevens, based on his play

Widower Harry Mitchell and his gay son Jeff, both in search of love, share a home and an unconventional bond.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 64% / Audience: 75%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • The Sum of Us is the third play in David Stevens' "A Currency Trilogy", following The Inn at the Beginning of the World and The Beast and the Beauty. It debuted Off-Broadway in 1990. Starring Tony Goldwyn as Jeff, the production won the Outer Critics Circle Award for the Outstanding Off-Broadway Play. It was first produced in Australia in 1992.
  • The screen adaptation mimics the play's device of breaking the fourth wall with direct to camera conversational asides by Harry and Jeff.

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