Dating the Enemy

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Introduction

This section of ComedyDownUnder.com is actually created for a university assignment. Do not expect me to make a section like this on every Australian comedy film.

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Australian and Worldwide Release

In Australian cinemas, it was released September 19, 1996.
When it was released on video, it originally was only available to rent from Video Ezy. This exclusiveness later changed, though, and is now available to buy from major department stores and available to rent from most video stores.
There is currently no DVD available in Australia and with all of my research, I have not been able to find whether or not Dating the Enemy is planned to be released in that format.
As for a worldwide release, I was unable to find release dates for other countries other than New Zealand and Italy. According to IMDb.com, these dates were 23 January 1997 for New Zealand and 17 August 1999 for Italy (television premiere rather than cinema release).
As far as I can tell without being able to read German, Dating the Enemy has been released in Germany on DVD. It is available for purchase from Amazon.de here.
And this is where you learn to take note of the Amazon.com section on IMDb.com. According to Dating the Enemy's main page there, the film is not available in the UK or USA on VHS or DVD, but is available in both formats in Germany.

Box Office

Dating the Enemy made a total of $2,506,922 at the box office. My source does not mention if this is Australia only or worldwide, but after comparing the box office details for Priscilla: Queen of the Desert from that source and IMDb.com (despite the latter not having the gross amount for Australia), I would have to say that the $2,506,922 is how much Dating the Enemy made at Australian cinemas only.

I'll assume it's Australian only as The Dish (Sitch, 2000) made more than that in the first weekend it opened in Australia.

Bibliographical Details of Reviews

"A 90s sex change." Sun Herald (21/9/1996)
Hall, Sandra. "Dating the Enemy." Sydney Morning Herald
    accessed via http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=29&s=Reviews
Schieb, Richard. "Dating the Enemy." (1997)
    accessed via http://members.fortunecity.com/roogulator/fantasy/datingtheenemy.htm
"Sex, change and stereotypes." Sun Herald (24/8/1996)
"Valentine's Day masquerade." Sydney Morning Herald (18/9/1996)

Online Presence

There isn't a great deal on the Internet about Dating the Enemy, but there seems to be more now than when it was released in 1996. Most of the pages about this film have the main details about the film and a brief synopsis with nothing more.

TransGender Sci-Fi: Dating the Enemy (film database site)
Blockbuster.com: Dating the Enemy (film database site)
Crazy4Guy.com: Dating the Enemy (Guy Pearce fan site)
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review: Dating the Enemy (film review site)
E! Online - Movie Facts: Dating the Enemy (entertainment news site)
Hollywood.com: Dating the Enemy (entertainment news site)
Internet Movie Database: Dating the Enemy (film database site)
Urban Cinefile Reviews: Dating the Enemy (film database site)
Urban Cinefile Features: Dating the Enemy (film database site)
And then there's a few other sites that make mention of the film, but do not go in depth as to explaining anything about the film.

Information Collection

For a film that is not really seen as one of Australia's proudest accomplishments, it is very hard to research. I stuck to the Internet for the most part, and used my personal knowledge and interpretations of the film for the rest. I knew about the Video Ezy exclusive because that's how I saw the film in 1997, but also because both my father and I bought ex rental copies with the Video Ezy covers. While on the Internet, obviously in the previous section on this page, I was unable to find many pages for the film itself, and utilised IMDb.com for the prior and subsequent film projects of the cast and crew.
With the bibliographical details of reviews, I searched the archives at The Age and because they were from 1996, I was actually unable to read further than what came up on the search page itself without paying. But the first few sentences were enough for me to determine if the article was a review for the film or not.
It was extremely hard for me to find the box office figures. I had almost given up hope, and then I remembered - check Murdoch's library on the Internet. I searched through the journals and could not find a thing about this film or the filmmakers. I then went to the databases, and low and behold, I actually found something. I had actually been hoping to find reviews but instead I was lucky that the entry had what I would personally consider more important. Yes, the box office figure.
The full list of references for my review are actually on the critical review page.