Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

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A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

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Friday night he's too tired. Saturday night too drunk. See more »




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Release Date:

16 June 1975 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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AUD 271,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shearing stalls featured in this film, shot in the shearing shed at Carriewerloo Station in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, have been commented as being rather unique. The shearing barn featured about twenty stalls whereas in reality such typical shearing houses (at least of this 1950s period) actually featured only about six to eight shearing stalls. See more »


Featured in Top Gear Australia: Bowls of Thunder (2008) See more »


Written by Bob Ellis
Performed by Jack Thompson
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Dull and depressing
1 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tiresome film about men in a weird and somewhat suspect macho culture shearing sheep, boozing, shearing more sheep and boozing more. It's an amazing slice of life. Men ( the few women in the movie are not relevant to the story) who seem to have little or no connection to life beyond booze and monotonous work. There's an interesting exposure to the arcane language of shearing but little interchange about much else of interest. It's a monoculture and not a hugely interesting one at that. The British and Irish working class origins of Aussie culture are apparent. Anyone familiar with the kinds of booze ridden, gender segregated cultures found in the British isles rural or working class ghettoes will be familiar with this culture. It was reminiscent of the culture portrayed in " Once were warriors" from neighbouring NZ. I watched the whole thing even though I was ready to dump it when the men started wiggling their naked bums, but it never really reached sny climax or conclusion.

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