Winter of Our Dreams
Judy Davis and Bryan Brown give electric performances in this award-winning film about a man and a woman united by the suicide of a young heroin addict.
'Winter of Our Dreams was one of the surprise hits of 1981. It played for five months in Sydney, a vindication of John Duigan’s decision to keep trying after it was initially rejected for funding, under a different title, in the late 1970s. Duigan rewrote the story entirely, but it was the interest of Bryan Brown and Judy Davis that finally helped to secure the fairly meagre budget (about A$320,000). Davis had made a huge impact two years earlier in My Brilliant Career (1979). Brown was already a seasoned and popular film actor, having made a dozen features in five years including Newsfront (1978) and Breaker Morant (1979). The surprise was that a film so austere and uncompromising, about a junkie prostitute’s failure to find love, would work so well with audiences.' - Paul Byrnes, australianscreen.
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Several images from the set of Winter of our Dreams by photographer Robert McFarlane feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.