Tom Cooper, a married man recently returned from WWI, falls in love with an artist visiting his country town, but he has misgivings after meeting her city friends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Kestelman ...
Alice
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Ingrid Mason ...
Beth
John Bell ...
Arthur
Tony Barry ...
Joe
Ben Gabriel ...
Evans
Malcolm Phillips ...
Robbie
Dennis Olsen ...
Roger
Geraldine Turner ...
Sandy
Sean Myers ...
David
Kate Ferguson ...
Jean
Graham Midinsky ...
Billy
Maurie Fields ...
Lou (as Maurice Fields)
Eileen Chapman ...
Susan
Greig Pickhaver ...
Gas Victim (as Greg Pickhaver)
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Tom Cooper, a married man recently returned from WWI, falls in love with an artist visiting his country town, but he has misgivings after meeting her city friends. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Gallipoli gave him anger - she gave him passion! [Video Australia]

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31 December 1976 (Australia)  »

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Al primo chiarore dell'alba  »

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This film was made and released about five years before the more well-known Australian movie about World War I, Gallipoli (1981). Ironically, it was Peter Weir who directed that picture and turned-down directing this film. See more »

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There is a reference to Alice's house being her Shangri-La. However, 'Shangri-La' was first mentioned in James Hilton's book, Lost Horizon, first published in 1933, this film is set in the early 1920s. See more »

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Australia Will Be There
Written by Walter William "Skipper" Francis
Performed by the Marist Singers of Eastwood.
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Forgotten minor classic
7 February 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a forgotten minor classic of the Australian industry. It very effectively evokes post WWI Australia, and the values and society in a small country town, and a returned serviceman suffering post traumatic stress. The soldier is brilliantly played by Andrew MacFarlane in what must be one of his best performances. I don't know why this film isn't better known or more popular - it's subject matter isn't uplifting, but it is an engaging and important film - screaming for a DVD release! If you can find this film somewhere it's well worth looking at. It makes a nice companion piece to The Mango Tree, and is a superior film to that.


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