Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

Taglines: The bitter struggle between two sisters for the love of a little boy.

Family jealousies. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lily and Uncle George. When he’s six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS’s feckless, absent father, she asserts her rights and convinces Lily to have PS live with her weekdays.

PS is happy at Lily’s, playing with children, running about, speaking up. At Vanessa’s, there’s a regimen of private school, round vowels, piano and riding lessons, and lonely indoor play with fancy toys. He’s miserable and when he objects, she sues for complete custody. Will anyone listen to him? And will he take on Vanessa’s challenges to find out who he is and to love someone?

Careful, He Might Hear You is a 1983 Australian drama film. It is based on the novel of the same name by Australian-American author Sumner Locke Elliott.

There had long been interest in making a film out of the novel. In the 1960s it was announced that Joshua Logan would direct a movie version starring Elizabeth Taylor but this did not eventuate. Film rights to the novel were bought by Jill Robb who hired Mike Jenkins to adapt the screenplay and Carl Schultz to direct. Funding was obtained from the New South Wales Film Corporation among others.

After an extensive search, Nicholas Gledhill, son of actor Arthur Dignam was cast as PS. The film was shot in and around Sydney, mostly in Neutral Bay and Elizabeth Bay.

Careful, He Might Hear You Movie Poster (1983)

Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

Directed by: Carl Schultz
Starring: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves, Geraldine Turner, Isabelle Anderson, Peter Whitford
Screenplay by: Michael Jenkins
Production Design by: John Stoddart
Cinematography by: John Seale
Film Editing by: Richard Francis-Bruce
Costume Design by: Bruce Finlayson
Art Direction by: John Carroll, John Wingrove
Music by: Ray Cook
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 15, 1983