Paperback Hero (1999)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 36 mins

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Laden with laughs, this soulful romantic comedy revolves around Jack Willis, who is a handsome road-train driver with a secret - he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a 'man's man' in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment, he needs a name, a woman's name - and he chooses that of his best friend, Ruby Vale. He must do some fancy footwork to continue the charade when the glamorous city publisher, Ziggy, arrives in dusty outback Lucktown to sign 'Ruby Vale' to a major book deal. Ruby agrees to help Jack though it's for her own gain as well - the publisher will pay for her up-coming wedding (with Hamish, Jack's buddy). Accompanied by Jack, Ruby goes to Sydney to meet the media, appear on TV and cocktail parties, etc. Gradually, Jack realizes that he has fallen in love with Ruby, while Ruby is also touched by Jack's novel. However, Hamish arrives in Sydney a few days later and asks both of them to stop all the foolish pretence. Will Ruby and Jack be prepared to give up on the new lifestyle and each other, only to go back to the drudgery of day to day living?
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Cast: Angie Milliken, Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman

Crew: Antony J Bowman (Director), David Burr (Director of Photography), Burkhard Von Dallwitz (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 25 Mar 1999 (India)

Tagline: e's hard, tough ... and doesn't give a XXXX for anything ... except romantic novels

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Did you know? Writer-director Antony J. Bowman got the idea for the film when he read about a Texan truck driver who also wrote romantic novels. Read More
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as Ziggy Keane
as Ruby Vale
as Jack Willis
as Hamish
as Policeman
as Mad Pete
as Mr. Reece
as Dancing Girl
as Artie
as Errol
as Suzie
as Receptionist
as Journalist
as Auctioneer
as Ralph
as Country Pub drinker
as Bag Pipe Player
as Cafe Drinker
as Mack
as Ella

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Director
Second Assistant Director

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Distribution

Writers

Novelist

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Key Grip
Grip

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator

Art

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Production Designer
Prop Master
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Extras Casting

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Editorial

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
e's hard, tough ... and doesn't give a XXXX for anything ... except romantic novels
Goofs:
Crew/Equipment Visible
During the opening credits, the road train is filmed from the air. A helicopter's shadow (presumably the helicopter doing the filming) can be seen briefly on the ground below.
Trivia:
Nindigully pub, prominently featured in the film as the Boomerang café, is a real life pub, essentially a town in itself (population 6), located 45 km from the nearest town. It is the oldest hotel (pub) in Queensland, operating continuously since 1864.

Writer-director Antony J. Bowman got the idea for the film when he read about a Texan truck driver who also wrote romantic novels.