Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

Australia, 1985, 94 min

Shown in 1986


Glenda Hambly
David Rapsey
Glenda Hambly
Jan Kenny
Noni Hazlehurst, Annie Byron, Alan Fletcher, Narell Simpson, Travis Ward, Rosie Logie, Danny Adcock


Australian Film Commission, L.A.

Fran is a tough, lucid and emotionally-charged film, carried by the virtuoso performance of Noni Hazlehurst. Hazlehurst, awarded the 1982 Australian Film Institute’s Best Actress Award for Monkey Grip, won again in 1985 for Fran, with awards also going to Annie Byron (Best Supporting Actress) and Glenda Hambly (Best Screenplay). As Fran, Hazlehurst plays an attractive and friendly 30-year-old, struggling to come to grips with marriage and motherhood in a depressing Australian suburb. Abandoned by her husband upon discovery of her infidelities, she is left with three small children. An affair temporarily eases her loneliness, but leaves the Welfare Department with custody of her children. Her life still spirals downward. Finally, her anger is unleashed upon her neighbor and best friend, Marge (Annie Byron). And she is left at film’s end alone and devastated. However, Fran is never without sympathy. The astonishingly well-realized performance by Hazlehurst mixes charm and irresponsibility, pain and humor. Fran is a decidedly dark film, but genuine in its depth and force.

–U.S. Festival

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