Tim Poster Original Daybill Country Of Origin 1979 Mel Gibson
Country of origin Daybill Poster.Tim is a 1979 Australian romantic drama film written and directed by Michael Pate and starring Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson (in his 3rd feature film role), Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison, and Deborah Kennedy. It was based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Colleen McCullough. Director Michael Pate wanted the female lead played by an international actor and spoke with Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons and Glenda Jackson. Jackson was interested but was not available until 1982 so Piper Laurie was cast instead. Funding came from the Australian Film Commission, the NSW Film Corporation, Greater Union and Channel Nine. Filming took six weeks in August and September 1978. Tim was released in Sydney on 21 September 1979; with the premiere on 13 July 1979 at GUO's Russell Cinemas, Melbourne. The film was moderately successful in Australia, earning Gibson an award at the 21st Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actor. Kurts and Evison also won Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards respectively.