Early Frost

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Early Frost
Directed byBrian McDuffie
Written byTerry O'Connor
Produced byDavid Hannay
StarringJon Blake
CinematographyDavid Eggby
Distributed byPremiere (video)
Release date
  • June 1988 (1988-06) (video)
Running time
95 minutes

Early Frost is a 1982 Australian thriller film starring Guy Doleman, Jon Blake, Diana McLean and David Franklin.[1]


A number of mysterious accidents involving the deaths of women in suburban Australia, lead Val to suspect her son of mass-murder.[2]



In 1974 David Hannay was working at Greater Union when he read a script by Terry O'Connor. Hannay was impressed and tried to raise funds for the film, and eventually succeeded through the company Filmco. Hannay tried to get Brian Trenchard-Smith to direct but he was busy and eventually hired New Zealand director Brian McDuffie. The movie was originally known as Something Wicked This Way Comes but in order to avoid confusion with a Disney film of the same name the movie was retitled.[3]

Filming took place June to August 1981. McDuffie and Hannay clashed during the shoot and McDuffie was sacked on the day of the wrap party. McDuffie took his name off the film and no director is credited. The resulting movie has been called a representation of the worst kind of tax shelter film from the 1980s.[3]


The film was never released theatrically.[4]


  1. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, October 1982 p457
  2. ^ Early Frost at BFI. Retrieved 24 June 2013
  3. ^ a b David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p272-274
  4. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p49

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