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According to 'Home Cinema', Director "Ken Hannam had been working for British television for six years (making episodes of Z Cars (1962) and Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962), amongst others) when he was sent John Dingwall's treatment, then called simply 'Shearers'. Dingwall's original treatment would have made a very long film: half of it dealt with the characters of the shearers, with a second half covering the 1956 shearers' strike. Dingwall reduced his screenplay in length, with only a few scenes at the end touching on the strike. (A final caption tells us how the strike was resolved.) Hannam's cut ran about half an hour longer than the final version, which was edited to its present running time by producer Gil Brealey, who removed at least one subplot. This version played at Cannes in the Director's Fortnight and won the 1975 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film (beating Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) amongst others). Hannam and Jack Thompson have spoken of how superior the longer version was. As Hannam's cut has never been shown publicly, it's impossible to tell if they are right or whether Brealey, less close to the material, was". See more »
A delightful Australian film produced in the 1970's that captures the true essence of the Australian character and Australian bush in the 1950's. This is an unashamedly "male" film that results in the cry "Ducks on the Pond" when female's venture into their domain.
Sunday Too Far Away is almost a documentary of one 1955 shearing run in outback South Australia. Minor events like the coming and going of the first Chef become immensely interesting when viewed through the lives of these characters.
If you are interested in Australian film, this one is not to be missed.
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