Michael Hutchence and Saskia Post as Sam and Anna
The Sixties died hard. In some parts of the world, they lived on for nearly a decade.
On a back street of a seedy neighbourhood in Melbourne, Australia, in 1978 is a house that could have been transplanted, occupants and all, from the Haight-Ashbury of 1967. The music is 80’s instead of 60’s, but everything else, from the hairstyles to the casual sexuality to the use of mind-expanding drugs, is the same.
The house belongs, at least nominally, to Sam, lead singer for the rock band “Dogs in Space”. But he shares it with an ever-shifting array of musicians, friends and strangers, some of whom come to party and stay to crash. Among the more constant faces are Tim, keyboardist, electronic non-genius and “born-again virgin” Anna, Sam’s lover, who aspires to some kind – any kind – of stability; Luchio, an engineering student frantically studying for his exams and bedeviled by the arrival of a possessive ex-girlfriend.
They all live in that magic, years-long summer that comes with the final flowering of youth, when there is seemingly no penalty for irresponsibility and the future stretches on as far the imagination can see, exactly like today. We can all remember that feeling of invulnerability; Sam and his friends have so much of the resilience that comes with being young that they can walk away from a car wreck or a bad drug experience and never even think about it again. They know that they will never have to conform to the larger world, never grow older, never die.
In the summer of 1978, Sam and his friends will find out how wrong they are.
“Dogs in Space” released world wide except Australia by Skouras Pictures, is an Entertainment Media/Burrows Film Group presentation of a Central Park Films production. The film was produced by Glenys Rowe and written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, with Robert Le Tet and Dennis Wright executive producers. Ollie Olsen served as musical director. The film stars Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the Australian band INXS, and Saskia Post.