Directed by Bruce Beresford • 1976 • Australia
Starring John Hargreaves, Jeanie Drynan, Ray Barrett
“Mr. And Mrs. Donald Henderson request your presence at a little get-together.” When you mix a left-wing teacher, a loudmouthed sex maniac, a mild-mannered accountant, a failed philosopher, a promiscuous teenager, a frustrated wife, a drunken pornographer, a temperamental artist, and an arrogant dentist with a lot of booze together on the night of the 1969 Australian federal election anything can—and will—happen at a raucous shindig to remember. Adapted by David Williamson from his own hit stage play and featuring an A-list cast of Aussie greats, DON’S PARTY is a button-pushing, cunningly incisive snapshot of a country at a decisive sociopolitical moment that plays like an Australian New Wave answer to SHAMPOO.