Based on Banjo Paterson's poem "Man From Snowy River", this series takes place in Paterson's Ridge, a small town set in the mountains near Melbourne, during the late 19th century. It tells ... See full summary »
I can't believe that no-one has reviewed this yet !
This is a series set during the gold rush of the late 19th century in the Bathurst area (mid west NSW, Australia). Like so many ABC productions, is mainly about the lives of the people of the time and how they interact with each other. It is filmed on-site in the actual area, in the very beautiful towns of Sofala and Hill End, which even today have kept many many traces of their gold rush history still alive.
It has the usual ABC meticulous attention to detail which adds so much to the veracity of the show. If anything, it might possibly be a little over-acted and slightly overly dramatic ( I think that a couple of the villains are just a little tooooooo villanous ... ), but setting that aside, it seems a very very very realistic coverage of what life might have been like in the goldfields of the time. So certainly it achieves with mighty success its main objective.
For all of you ladies out there who might be reading this viewing, you might be motivated to see this series just for the thrill of seeing John Waters in (and occasionally out of) police uniform. I can distinctly remember that that was the main appeal of this show as far as my (then teenage) sisters were concerned :-)
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