Skip to main content

Bonza

Australia, 1989 (MIFF 1989, Fiction)

Director: David Swann

The members of this family have two things in common; one, they cannot communicate with each other, and two, they all love Bonza. This is a frantically paced comedy about the trials of an Australian household seen through the eyes of the family dog.

Is Dad having an affair? Will his toupe fall off? Is the son going to commit suicide? Will Bonza live? Cheerfully photographed, cleverly edited and wonderfully performed by the whole cast, especially Bonza. - (TC)

See also...

Love in Vain

Vanity, veins and hopelessness, all mixed up in an Australian short about a young couple who are themselves mixed up in drugs, prostitution and jealousy. Stunning Wenders-inspired colour and black ... More »

The Promise

A touching look at a one-parent family and a trip on Sydney's monorail thrown in. ... More »

Sparks

Chaos, insomnia, labels, medication, institutionalisation and everyone washing their own cups are only some of the themes which figure in this very different view of group living. ... Sparks takes an ... More »

Night Out

In this hard-edged film, a homosexual is savagely bashed in a public toilet block and taken for a nightmarish car ride by four hoons "out for a good time" while his lover is interstate. ... Lawrence ... More »

Pesto: A Death Sentence

She was young, beautiful and had so much potential, Jane's tragic death from a pesto overdose leads an investigative reporter to ask burning social questions, amongst them — is Italian food ... More »

Life On Earth As I Know It

A daggy delight and refreshing antidote to Australian cinema's "rites of passage" sub-genre. Droll, unaffectedly deadpan narration accompanies some unexpected glimpses into the situation of a young ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director