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Melbourne is home to a fascinating, eccentric, erudite and warring tribe of men. They are pious and bawdy, gregarious and solitary, indulgent and ascetic, conservative and anarchic, young and old. They are the men of St Francis Monastery in the heart of Melbourne. The Monks' lives are turned upside down when they are forced to move to a garish pub across the road during renovations. ONCE WERE MONKS is the story of what happens when this tight-knit community is thrown into the outside world.

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Luigi Acquisto  Andrew Sully
Luigi Acquisto
Luigi Acquisto  Stella Zammataro
Executive Producers
Franco di Chiera
Dir. of Photography
Valeriu Campan


The Blessed Sacrament Fathers of St Francis Church - Stewart Faichney (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
Religion and ethics, Social contemporary
Production Company
Abracadabra Films  Film Australia Limited