Long Weekend (1978)

92m, 8,744 feet
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An Australian horror film directed by Colin Eggleston.

Plot Summary

Peter and Marcia try to patch up their failing marriage by taking a long weekend holiday. But they're so self-absorbed and obsessed with their own differences that they fail to notice their abuse of the environment. After they start a forest fire, kill a kangaroo, break an eagle's egg and try to dispose of a dead dugong, nature itself starts to fight back…


Directed by: Colin Eggleston
Copyright: A Dugong Film 1977
Dugong Films presents
Produced with the financial assistance of The Australian Film Commission, The Victorian Film Corporation
Executive Producer: Richard Brennan
Produced by: Colin Eggleston
Original Screenplay by: Everett De Roche
Director of Photography: Vincent Monton
Editor: Brian Kavanagh
Music Composed by: Michael Carlos
Sound Recordist: John Phillips
Wardrobe: Kevin Regan
Make-up Created by: Deryck de Niese
Special Effects: Ivan Durrant
Production Designer: Lawrence Eastwood

John Hargreaves (Peter)
Briony Behets (Marcia)
Mike McEwen (truckie)
Roy Day (old fisherman)
Michael Aitkens (barman)
Sue Kiss von Soly (city girl)

Alternative Titles

Dlugi weekend – Poland
Largo fin de semana – Spain



  • Cinema Papers no.20 (March/April 1979) pp.202, 205 – illustrated review (by Scott Murray)
  • Films and Filming vol.26 no.8 (May 1980) p.29 – review (by Eric Brown)
  • The Listener vol.103 no.2666 (19 June 1980) p.809 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.558 (July 1980) pp.137-138 – credits, synopsis, review (by Tom Milne)
  • Screen International no.224 (19-26 January 1980) p.9 – illustrated note (Four-film package at Madrid)
  • Screen International no.247 (28 June 1980) p.19 – review
  • Sight and Sound vol.4 no.11 (November 1994) p.62 – note


  • Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features compiled and edited by Scott Murray p.41 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • Australian Horror Films 1973-2010 by Peter Shelley pp.32-37 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.319
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.255
  • Film Review 1981-1982 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.160
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.232
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.84