Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in ...
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Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in Adelaide makes him face up to what she believes are his responsibilities, neither he nor his daughter are ready for each other. But in the beginning he's all she's got, and at the end, she's all he's got.Written by
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Both of the set and filmed in Australia and made in 1957 feature films starring actor Peter Finch, ''The Shiralee' (1957) and 'Robbery Under Arms (1957), have been remade by the South Australian Film Corporation [See: 'The Shiralee' (1987) and 'Robbery Under Arms' (1985)]. See more »
Not a typical film, more of a speaking book, with pictures.
A really great film, although often classified as a TV mini series as it was originally made to be shown in two parts on TV. A VHS video was released in Australia only, but was quite heavily cut (maybe to fit it on the tape). More recently, a D.V.D. has been released, also in Australia, which is the full "film" without anything cut out.
It's too long to watch in one sitting, but is great to watch over a couple of evenings. It's full of such genuine, human moments, juxtaposed by often poignant and sometimes witty writing.
It's all about relationships centering around the lonesome Macauley. He has a broken marriage, friends with problems, friends who help, a love interest and all the time Macauley's daughter is trying to keep up with him and his life on the road. `Dad` is too macho to express his feelings, his young daughter realising this, projects her feelings for him onto her teddy, that then acts as a go-between for her and her father. Strangely, this is the closest relationship he has!
This film offers an experience that is as close to that of reading a book as any that I have seen; not in the sense of it's accuracy of portrayal, but in the `whole experience`. If a book could have moving pictures and voices, it would be like this film.
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