Director Ken Cameron delivers a sensous evocation of inner-suburban Melbourne in the late seventies in this engaging adaption of Helen Garner's ground-breaking novel.
Set among the floating populations of communal households, Monkey Grip
documents the lives of a group of inner-city dwellers caught on a merry-go-round of parties, drugs and sexual manoeuvres.
Centred on Nora (played with warmth and poignancy by Noni Hazlehurst), the film explores her relationships with her daughter Gracie (Alice Garner) and with her junkie lover Javo (Colin Friels). Dosed up on rock'n'roll, Monkey Grip
also features Chrissie Amphlett as a scorned lover trying to make it in a rock band and desperate to keep her cool.