The Surfer… is not so much a person as a way life… I wanted the character Sam Barlow to come from the sub-culture that exists along the Australian beachfronts. In contrast, the mysterious Gina had to come from a foreign culture making the interaction between the twO characters, the crux of the film. The bush hotel and garage scenes are in effect « windows on Australia ». As for scenic background, I had no hesitation in choosing the magnificent country of South East Queensland. In the beginning, there was no conscious effort to make a film noir though it tended to develop along those lines. It was certainly always my intention to concentrate on narrative and performance rather than action… To make the film I wanted, with the ressources available, required nothing short of a miracle. I am always true to a script and I didn’t want this marvellous script by David Marsh to be an exception. Frank Shields
He started direction with a team making reports during war in Rhodesia. In 1970, after a while traveling all over the world, he wrote the screenplay of The Breaker, a documentary he directed in 1973. He was an assistant director on a feature film, The Golden Cage. He then made a short film, The Crossing, nominated for an Oscar. He was a cameraman, an actor and directed his first full length film in 1983: Hostage was a great success in Australia. He produced a serie of documentaries and directed a drama in 1980. He wrote two books and made screenplays of Saturday’s Hero, The Breaker, The Outsider, The Wager, Jo, The Hostage, and Stocker’s Boys.
Production : The Producer’s Circle, Edgecliff, Australie Vente à l’étranger : Overview Films Ldt, Londres, Grande-Bretagne