After Harry Joy dropped dead ... his life was never the same again.

The debut film from Ray Lawrence, the acclaimed director of Lantana and Jindabyne, based on the Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Peter Carey.

The winner of three AFI Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director,Bliss is the controversial Australian film that both shocked and thrilled audiences at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

Following a four-minute clinical death from heart attack, Harry Joy (Barry Otto) returns to life finding the certainties of his former existence have vanished.The life he has previously drifted amiably through is in fact Hell — literally so to Harry.  His wife Bettina (Lynette Curran) is in a sordid affair with his business partner (Jeff Truman), his teenage son (Miles Buchanan) swaps drugs for sex with his daughter (Gia Carides) and all around him people are dying from cancer. Harry is convinced he is in Hell and it takes an angel in the form of an ex-prostitute called Honey Barbara (Helen Jones) to return him to bliss.

Extra Features


  • Barry Otto


  • Ray Lawrence
  • Running time 107 + 129 min
  • Region Worldwide
  • Format SD
  • Color COLOUR
  • Language English
  • Catalogue No. DAVID1947
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles -
  • MA