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Sunburnt Screens: An Australian Film Odyssey The Empty Beach

30 June 2024

In the Playhouse


Australia | 1985 | English | Film Noir

This powerful ‘beach noir’ film based on the novel by Peter Corris is screening in the World Premiere of it's 4K restoration. Set in Sydney in the 80s, this film tells the story of private investigator Cliff Hardy (Brown) who follows the trail of a missing husband and soon becomes entangled in murder, drug addiction, gangsters, fraud and a shootout on Bondi Beach. 

World premiere of a new 4K restoration

Cliff Hardy, sardonic private investigator, is hired by a wealthy woman who wants to find out if her tycoon husband is still alive after mysteriously disappearing off Bondi Beach. What begins as a routine investigation turns quickly into a suspicious drowning. Hardy soon finds himself running for his life in the seedy, violent underworld of Sydney’s playground. An involving journey into the corrupt underworld of Sydney, The Empty Beach also stars Anna Maria Monticelli, Ray Barrett, Nick Tate and Belinda Giblin.

Presented by Sydney Opera House with Umbrella Entertainment and hosted by Alexei Toliopoulos


Watch a clip from the film

Cast and credits


Chris Thomson

John Edwards, Tim Read

John Seale


Bryan Brown 
as Cliff Hardy

Anna Maria Monticelli 
as Anne Winter

Belinda Giblin 
as Marion Singer

Ray Barrett 
as McLean

Peter Collingwood 
as Ward

Other information

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