Road To Oz: Summary - comiXology
Chris Lofven and Lyne Helms got the idea to make an Australian version of The Wizard of Oz while working in London in the early 1970s. Lofven was also inspired by David Bowie and wanted Graham Matters to play the lead role. [5]They moved back to

Chris Lofven and Lyne Helms got the idea to make an Australian version of The Wizard of Oz while working in London in the early 1970s. Lofven was also inspired by David Bowie and wanted Graham Matters to play the lead role. [5]

They moved back to Australia in September 1974, and house sat at the house of David Williamson for six months writing the script (Lofven's sister Kristen was married to Williamson). [6] The first draft was rejected for funding but the second got some development from the Australian Film Development Corporation in March 1975, shortly before it became the Australian Film Commission .

The budget was $150,000 with $260,000 in contra deals. The Australian Film Commission invested $90,000 plus a loan of $25,000 and Greater Union put in $25,000 with the rest from private investment. [6] The money took six months to raise. [5]

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