The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

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The Adventure of Barry McKenzie (1972, AUS) is a Sex-Comedy film directed by Bruce Beresford. It is followed by Barry McKenzie Holds His Own.


Main Details

  • Released in 1972
  • Colour
  • Running time: 114 minutes
  • Production Co: Longford Productions
  • Directed by Bruce Beresford
  • Written by Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries
  • Produced by Phillip Adams
  • Starring Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook
  • Music by Peter Best
  • Cinematography by Donald McAlpine
  • Film Editing by John Scott


  • Cripes!! The things these pom sheilahs will do in front of a camera !!!!
  • The shameless saga of a young Aussie in Pommyland!


The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, telling the story of an Australian 'yobbo' on his travels to the United Kingdom. Barry McKenzie was originally a character created by Barry Humphries for a cartoon strip in Private Eye. The movie was the first Australian film to earn a million dollars, and a sequel Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. Barry Humphries appears in several roles, including: a hippie, Barry McKenzie's psychiatrist Doctor De Lamphrey, and as Aunt Edna Everage (later Dame Edna Everage). Humphries would later achieve fame with the character of Dame Edna in the UK and USA. The film was produced by Phillip Adams, who became a prominent op-ed journalist and broadcaster, and directed by Bruce Beresford, who went on to direct the Academy-award winning film Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

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