1970s Australia: 14 year-old childhood friends Jeff and Melissa discover a 200-ton blue whale washed up on their local beach, and it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in Australia. But it’s not nearly as big as what is about to take place behind the closed doors of their quiet suburban cul-de-sac. Their parents are preparing to join the sexual revolution (ten years too late) by throwing a key party.

And it all goes spectacularly wrong.

The aftermath of a sexually charged ‘fondue night’ unleashes a tit-for-tat war of suspicion, jealousy and rage. With the adults at war, the kids on the block are left to their own devices and run amok, taking their own street fight to comical extremes. It’s parent versus parent, kid versus kid, and pet versus pet.

Desperate to make sense of it all, our young heroes Jeff and Melissa are determined to help the whale escape, and, in turn, start planning their own. If the whale is going, they’re going with it. But nothing will move the dead beast. The whale is stuck. Just like Jeff and Melissa.

When Jeff’s mother goes way too far in the war, police are called and the whole street goes into lockdown. Joint family meetings are held, and the group consensus yields a terrifying result; embarrassed by their childish behavior, the adults must stop carrying on like infants by helping their kids join the sexual revolution alongside them.

Jeff and Melissa are forced to attend the annual high school dance, at which their wonderfully misguided parents have been grooming them to go ‘all the way’. Trapped, the young friends escape the dance for one final attempt to save the whale, only to find that the city council are well underway with their own solution. The Mayor is going to blow up the whale with as much dynamite as he can lay his hands on.

In an explosive finale, the parents, the kids, the street and the whole suburb will be brought to their knees in a catastrophic downpour of blood and guts and guilt.


“Is there a childhood moment that defined who you are?
Swinging Safari – my answer to this question – is celebrating this delirious jumbo in full trumpet. Wonderfully wrong, completely endearing and unintentionally hilarious.”
— STEPHAN ELLIOTT (Director)

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CAST

GUY PEARCE (plays KEITH HALL)

KYLIE MINOGUE (plays KAYE HALL)

RADHA MITCHELL (plays JO JONES)

JULIAN McMAHON (plays RICK JONES)

ASHER KEDDIE (plays GALE MARSH)

JEREMY SIMS (plays BOB MARSH)

JACK THOMPSON (plays THE MAYOR)

ATTICUS ROBB (plays JEFF MARSH)

DARCEY WILSON (plays MELLY JONES)

STEPHAN ELLIOTT – WRITER/DIRECTOR

AL CLARK – PRODUCER

JAMIE HILTON – PRODUCER

ESTER HARDING – CO-PRODUCER

COLIN GIBSON – PRODUCTION DESIGNER

LIZZY GARDINER – COSTUME DESIGNER