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 overview, first billed only:
Sara Kestelman ...
Ingrid Mason ...
John Bell ...
Tony Barry ...
Ben Gabriel ...
Malcolm Phillips ...
Dennis Olsen ...
Geraldine Turner ...
Sean Myers ...
Kate Ferguson ...
Graham Midinsky ...
Maurie Fields ...
Lou (as Maurice Fields)
Eileen Chapman ...
Greig Pickhaver ...
Gas Victim (as Greg Pickhaver)


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 <>

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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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Sara Kestelman received top / first billing, Andrew McFarlane received second billing, Ingrid Mason received third billing and John Bell received fourth billing. See more »


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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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