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The Shiralee 

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Mini-Series (1987)
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 ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Bryan Brown ...  Macauley 2 episodes, 1987
Noni Hazlehurst ...  Lily 2 episodes, 1987
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ...  Buster 2 episodes, 1987
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ...  Tony 2 episodes, 1987
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ...  Marge 2 episodes, 1987
Ned Manning ...  Jim 2 episodes, 1987
Madeleine Blackwell Madeleine Blackwell ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 1987
Simon Chilvers ...  Thaddeus 2 episodes, 1987
Julie Hamilton ...  Bella 2 episodes, 1987
Reg Evans ...  Luke 2 episodes, 1987
William Zappa ...  Donny 2 episodes, 1987
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ...  Beauty 2 episodes, 1987
Kirrily Nolan Kirrily Nolan ...  Ruby 2 episodes, 1987
Lynette Curran ...  Hareema 2 episodes, 1987
Norman Kaye ...  Desmond 2 episodes, 1987
Ray Meagher ...  Polkadot 2 episodes, 1987
Warren Coleman Warren Coleman ...  Lucky 2 episodes, 1987
Daphne Grey Daphne Grey ...  Mrs. MacMillan 2 episodes, 1987
Bob George Bob George ...  1st Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Stephen Sculley Stephen Sculley ...  2nd Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ...  3rd Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ...  Bathgate 2 episodes, 1987
Barbara West Barbara West ...  Mrs. Weiss 2 episodes, 1987
Tony Mack Tony Mack ...  Dr. Fitzmaurice 2 episodes, 1987
Maureen Sherlock Maureen Sherlock ...  Hospital Sister 2 episodes, 1987
Rosie Sturgess Rosie Sturgess ...  Woman on Train 2 episodes, 1987
Thye Liew Wan Thye Liew Wan ...  Cheetham 2 episodes, 1987
Myra Noblet Myra Noblet ...  Lady Customer 2 episodes, 1987
Stuart Hunt Stuart Hunt ...  Tony's Brother 2 episodes, 1987
David Sadler David Sadler ...  Tony's Brother 2 episodes, 1987
Ullie Birve Ullie Birve ...  Young Woman on Train 2 episodes, 1987
Warwick Cooper Warwick Cooper ...  Wilmington Policeman 2 episodes, 1987
Hedley Cullen ...  Stationmaster 2 episodes, 1987
Wayne Anthoney Wayne Anthoney ...  Mechanic 2 episodes, 1987
Wayne Scott Kermond Wayne Scott Kermond ...  Freakshow Spruiker 2 episodes, 1987
Ian Shrives Ian Shrives ...  Mulga 2 episodes, 1987
Robin Laurie Robin Laurie ...  Laughing Clown Woman 2 episodes, 1987
Damon Sanders Damon Sanders ...  Clerk at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Greg Schwark Greg Schwark ...  Thug at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Zev Eleftheriou Zev Eleftheriou ...  Thug at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Damien Wiseman Damien Wiseman ...  Flaling Freddie 2 episodes, 1987
Glenn Ruehland Glenn Ruehland ...  Local Fancy 2 episodes, 1987
Bob Hicks Bob Hicks ...  Ukranian Boxer 2 episodes, 1987
Johnson Oyelodi Johnson Oyelodi ...  Zulu CHieftain / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Pat Hodgins Pat Hodgins ...  Fat Lady 2 episodes, 1987
Glenn Rafferty Glenn Rafferty ...  George / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Walla Peter Walla ...  Stilt Man 2 episodes, 1987
Fred Draxler Fred Draxler ...  Dwarf 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Schwarcbord Michael Schwarcbord ...  Piano Accordianist 2 episodes, 1987


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 David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Macaulay's Daughter See more »


Box Office


AUD2,750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(2 parts)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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Not a typical film, more of a speaking book, with pictures.
17 March 2004 | by AlastairMarkSee all my reviews

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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