Don's Party

Synopsis: The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the election, drink and carry on. Dons wife, Kath sees the party as just more work, while Don sees it as a chance to break his boring routine. The year is 1969 and some of Dons friends have jumped on the bandwagon of sexual freedom and experimentation. However, others at the party are more conservative about their politics and sex, and naturally, arguments break out over politics and fist fights erupt over the seduction of others wives.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
  6 wins & 3 nominations.
90 min

Could you put Richard in the car?


This is Macquarie News...

Terry Dear reporting.

The people of Australia go to the polls today,

to elect a new federal government

About six and a half million electors

are entitled to vote...

...and almost 500 candidates

are contesting 125 seats... the House of Representatives.

The main parties contesting the poll,

are the Liberal-Country Party coalition

led by Mr John Gorton...

...and the Labor Party

headed by Mr Gough Whitlam.

Vietnam...A new attack on...

Oh, you've gotta be jokin'!

You gonna vote Liberal?

Vote Liberal, sir!

Channel 9, Mr Gorton...

Don't you think after 20 years

of Liberal government,

it's time the Australian voters

had a change?

They've got a chance

to have a change now...

...and I'm quite sure

they won't take it.

Mr Gorton, what do you have to say

about the opinion polls...

...showing a massive swing

against you?

The only polls worth taking any notice of,

are the polls taking place today.

From a woman's point of view... do you think you'll appeal

to the Australian woman.

I think I'll appeal very well indeed.

Cooley's the name.

- Cooley,

- Henderson.

7 Wyndham Place...

Mrs Kath Henderson

Fill all the numbers in

and bring it back to the box. Sydney this afternoon, and expressed

confidence over his party's showing

in today's election.

Commenting on adverse opinion polls,

Mr Gorton said...

"The only poll worth taking any notice of,

is the one taking place today."

A record 499 candidates

are contesting the 1 hundred...

Pittard send Burke away...

but he's sandwiched by Parker and Oven.

From dummy-half, Pittard attempts

to get South's backs moving...

...but coming up quickly, Balmain

continue holding the Rabbitohs... their own territory.

The premiers are being pushed on

as the alert Tigers are ready

to capitalise on any errors.


Would you be good enough

to put crisps around please?!

I'm trying to tune the TV.

People 'll be arriving

any minute.

I'm tuning the TV.

- You can put some crisps around!

- Picture's rolling.

- It wasn't, last night.

- Well, it IS now.

- It's just the VERTICAL HOLD!

- I've been doing that!

Well, couldn't you come back to it?

Come on, darling!

The guests 'll be arriving any minute!

Well so what?!

G'day, yucky-bum!

They MIGHT like something to eat!

Good evening, James Dibble,

at the national election desk in Canberra,

Here tonight to report on

what promises to be

the most exciting election in decades.

Perhaps even the most exciting since 1949,

when the LCP coalition took office.

Our ABC news commentators

and journalists

agree so far that the figures

are far too small

to indicate any definite trend.

I'd 've done that!

But you didn't, DID you?!

There does seem to be some favourable indications

for the Labor Party in all 3 states...

It's early days yet...

Try and act like a host tonight,

will you?!

Since when have I ever

been rude to my guests?

It would help, if did a bit more than

point them in the direction of the fridge.

It's all most of them need.

Oh...I'd better have...

It doesn't matter.

A flagon of claret.

I can't see the point

of coming to a party...

...if the sole intention is

drinking yourself into a stupor!

Yes, well, that's not the intention...

We're celebrating the end

of 20 years of conservative rule.

Not that YOU'd give a stuff!

It's just an excuse for a booze-up!

You may not be...

But most of the people coming here tonight

are going to be very concerned

about what happens on THAT!

Very concerned indeed.

- Cooley?

- Yes!

Since when's Cooley

been interested in politics?

Do you know what he told me

the other day?

He said this election was the most important

in the country's history... Cooley!


Yo-yo... you're SO romantic!

Sh*t, I forgot to vote.

Hey, Suzy... have YOU voted?

I don't have to...

I'm only 19.


Simon... Jody!

What a coincidence...

Just talking about you!

- Nothing bad I hope?!

- No... on the contrary.

Kath and I were just saying you'd add

a touch of refinement at the party.

- Hi Kath.

- Hello, Jody.


Yes, there'll be a few grotty types

here tonight I'm afraid!

Can I take your wrap?

I hope we didn't come too early.

Oh, no... we're running a bit behind!

Look, you two go and get dressed...

Simon and I can look after ourselves.


We ARE dressed!

What did you think it was?

A fancy-dress ball?

Will you excuse me... ?

I've got a few things to finish out here.

Just put those in the laundry,

will you Simon.

In the marginal new NSW seat, Hume...

The ALP candidate, Mr Polly...

...has a lead of nearly 100 votes over

the sitting Country Party member, Mr Pettit...

...with a little over 900 votes counted.

In Victoria, the ALP has leads

in several seats held by the government.

Mr Child is leading the government whip,

Mr Fox... Hendy, by about 80 votes...

...but only 700 votes

have been counted.

In Hollem, Mr Oldmeadow of the ALP


has a lead of 100

over the sitting member Mr Reid...

...with about 1100 votes counted already

I've over-dressed,

haven't I?...

Don't worry about that!

No one's gonna give a stuff!

I've got plenty of casual gear...

But I just didn't think.

What sort of people are coming?

- They're mainly friends of mine.

- Are they all Labor?!

Well they're all...


Should've worn my casual gear.

Where's Don going?

I don't know.

Did he get you a drink?


Did Don get you a drink?

No... I don't think he did.

Don... will you pour your guests a drink?!

He's not here!

Well, where is he?

He's in there.

- It's alright, I'll pour them.

- Thanks, Simon.

Steve and Dawn down last time?

No, I don't think they could make it.

I think Dawn had something else on.

Oh, that's right, yeah...

It was just as well in a way,

because it rained all afternoon.

Oh, what a pity.

Well it was alright, because I put the barbecue

under canvas, just in case.

When it got cold, the guests just came inside.

Don would never think

of taking precautions like that...

He'd just look up at the rain and say...

"Well, that buggers that, doesn't it!"

Vermouth and dry, Jody?


Are you having trouble?

The dry?...

I TOLD Don to get dry.

- Don!

- What?

Did you get that dry ginger?

Oh, f***!

I knew I forgot something.

It doesn't matter...

gin 'll be fine!

I wish Don 'd take lessons from YOU!

I regard the difference between those

two figures as very significant...

...because the Australia Party preferences

are recommended for Labor...

Well DLP preferences are recommended

for the government.

And whilst we don't know exactly

where those figures are coming from...

They are looking good...

What is THAT in aid of?

Just thought I'd embarrass everybody.

Take it off.

He just did it so I wouldn't feel

so overdressed.

Take it off!

Jesus, you're a humourless b*tch!

Come in!

Must 've come to the wrong address!

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David Williamson

David Keith Williamson, AO (born 24 February 1942) is one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights. He has also written screenplays and teleplays. more…

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