A Note from Jocelyn Moorhouse (Writer and Director)
"In 1986 someone told me that they had met a blind photographer. At the time I didn’t think to ask why a blind person would take photographs, but I soon found the unknown answer haunted me. I’m fascinated by blindness and how blind people cope with not having visual knowledge – the everyday confirmation of ;what is’ – that I take for granted.
Blind people have to place their faith in others. I wanted to tell the story of a man who couldn’t."
From Moorhouse’s introduction to the Published Screenplay
"Certain scenes in the screenplay did not end up in the finished film, although they were shot.
The hardest cut was the nightclub scene, and the confrontation that follows. Sarah Pierse, the actress who played Gloria, gave an exquisite performance and the song, by Phil Judd, was great.
The scene where Martin punches Andy was very powerful. It was not until the last week of editing that the editor Ken Sallows and Lynda House, the producer, convinced me that Celia’s obsession with Martin – and what happens after she forces Andy to lie – was all the audience would care about at this point of the film.
The onscreen chemistry that evolved between Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe imbued the film, and especially the ending, with much more hope then I had anticipated". To see the entire introduction, go to Cafe Crowe
Hugo Weaving – Martin
One of Australia’s most exciting young actors, Hugo first achieved major public and critical recognition for his role in the television series The Bodyline Series. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, he has been able to divide his acting experiences between stage, film and television. He has appeared in the television series The Dirtwater Dynasty and Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman.
He spent a great deal of time researching blindness and received tutoring in the use of the cane and the basics of survival. On more than one occasion he was spotted by bemused friends strolling the streets and eating in cafes while blindfolded.
Genevieve Picot – Celia
Genevieve graduated from NIDA in 1979. Since then she has become one of Australia’s best known stage actresses, appearing in numerous theatrical productions, including Antigone and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Her television credits include The Four Minute Mile, Inside Running and The Petrov Affair. Previous to her role as Celia in Proof, Genevieve appeared in the feature film Undercover, directed by David Stevens.
Russell Crowe – Andy
With parents as location caterers, Russell grew up on film sets and had his first acting role at the age of six with an appearance in the television series Spy Force.
After leaving school, he played in carious rock bands for six years before landing a role in The Rocky Horror Show.
He made his feature film debut last year in Blood Oath, which also featured Bryan Brown. He was nominated for a Best Actor Award at the 1990 Australian Film Awards for his role in The Crossing, directed by George Oglivy and recently finished work on Spotiswood with Anthony Hopkins.
His theatre credits include Blood Brothers and Simpson J202 .