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The Interview (1998 film)

The Interview
Film poster.
Directed by Craig Monahan
Produced by Bill Hughes
Written by Craig Monahan
Gordon Davie
Starring Hugo Weaving
Tony Martin
Aaron Jeffery
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Simon Duggan
Edited by Suresh Ayyar
Distributed by Sullivan Entertainment
The Cinema Guild
Umbrella Entertainment
Release dates 20 August 1998
Running time 103 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $556,263

The Interview is a 1998 Australian thriller film from writer-director Craig Monahan, and is the first of two films directed by Monahan. Almost the entire film takes place in a police interrogation room, with some short flashback sequences, and the cast consists primarily of three key actors—Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, and Aaron Jeffery.[1]

Plot synopsis

Eddie Rodney Fleming (Weaving) is a quiet, nervous man who recently lost his job and family. One morning, Eddie is seized from his apartment for unknown reasons by two men claiming to be cops. They take him to headquarters and question him about a stolen car. But as tempers rise and the truth is slowly unraveled, Eddie realizes there's more to this interview than meets the eye.


Actor Role
Hugo Weaving Eddie Rodney Fleming
Tony Martin Det. Sgt. John Steele
Aaron Jeffery Det. Sr. Const. Wayne Prior
Paul Sonkkila Det. Insp. Jackson
Michael Caton Barry Walls
Peter McCauley Det. Hudson
Glynis Angel Det. Robran
Leverne McDonnell Solicitor
Libby Stone Mrs. Beecroft
Andrew Bayly Const. Prowse
Doug Dew Beecroft
Alternate film poster


The film was the 1998 AFI winner for Best Film, for Best Original Screenplay (Craig Monahan, Gordon Davie) and for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Hugo Weaving).

Alternate ending

An alternate ending of the film was featured on the DVD release. In this version, Eddie Rodney Fleming is seen hitchhiking along a desolate road. A car stops and Barry Walls (Caton) offers him a ride. Fleming accepts and they drive away, followed at a distance by Steele (Martin) on his motorcycle, no doubt intending to enforce some vigilante justice.

Box office

The Interview grossed $556,263 at the box office in Australia.[2]

Home media

The Interview was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in July 2011. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as audio commentary by Craig Monahan, deleted scenes, the alternate ending and cast and crew interviews.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Fincina Hopgood, "Reading the Interview", Cinema Papers, August 1998 p16-18
  2. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  3. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 

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