The Man Who Sued God [DVD]

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The Man Who Sued God [DVD]

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The domestic special edition DVD release had good sound and image, and for once for an Australian film, subtitles for the hearing impaired. The film is also available in certain territories on streaming services. The climactic court room drama, from about 58 minutes in, was filmed at length as per the script, but was subsequently trimmed in post. There is for example a Latin joke at around the hour mark, but there was a much longer Latin routine, which was trimmed out. a line about the churches suing the insurance companies for billions (said by Bille Brown’s character) was put in as a post-synch line to add clarity to the action. According to Joffe, he and the cast spent two weeks in rehearsals, working up the script and ironing out any issues. Ultimately the film was financed with the support of Buena Vista International (Australia), the Australian Film Finance Corporation, the Premium Movie Partnership and the New South Wales Film and Television Office. Icon Entertainment is handling international sales.

From around the 42 minute mark, there’s another long cue linking a number of scenes, and Bridie notes that it took a lot of reworking, as often happens with cues given the job of running through and linking scenes. I wanted to make a film that was something identifiable for the audience, not some silly farce where they expect to see God at the end. John Clarke and Don Watson were both nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 44th Australian Film Institute Awards. Watson says that the film caricatures the Anglican church, and that it was largely written from a Catholic and Jewish angle (Joffe certifies to the Jewish perspective), but they noted very few complaints from any of the churches about their representation. Watson jokes that these days the churches are happy for any publicity.THE MAN WHO SUED GOD is the first comedy Billy had acted in on film. Most comedians, he says, because they live a life of laughter also relish exploring the dark side of life. Before Meet The Parents I read 15 scripts and none of them were anywhere as good as THE MAN WHO SUED GOD - and these were Hollywood films already green lit! The moment I read it I could see the potential and when I heard that Billy Connolly and Judy Davis were going to be in it, it was just too good to pass up!” Peter says. Seven network newsreaders Ross Symonds (wiki here) and Chris Bath (wiki here) can also be seen reading the news in several places.

We needed somebody who could deal with the comedic element of the film, which was critical to making the film work, but who was a good actor and also the right age. We have to have somebody who had life experience behind them.Ben Gannon explains: “Judy thought it was a very clever script and we knew she would be terrific as Anna. The casting of the Steve role was always incredibly difficult and we never really had anybody in Australia who we felt was right for the role. A typical example might be cited about 43 and a half minutes in, when Watson references a line originally along the lines of the dog barks and the caravan moves on. Watson preferred “the camels moan”... The intelligent qualities of the script and the chance to do comedy convinced Bille Brown to take the role of QC Gerry Ryan: “All of us deal with the issues in the film on a day to day basis - how we survive the extraordinary circumstances of living; the precarious, risky business of being alive … and I thought this was a really wonderful thing. We all have loss, we all endure the vicissitudes, the risks, the chances. I loved the script for that.” Bridie says they were trying to get a sad Mozartian feel to the aria, with singer Miriam Clark from Newcastle doing the singing (though again ironically in the credits, she’s listed as Miriam Allan).

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