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Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabella Shepherd
Dorothy Bradley ...
Miss Hicks
Kay Eklund ...
Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild ...
Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl ...
Miss Snodgrass
Diana Greentree ...
Maisie Shepherd
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Monica Maughan ...
Miss Day
Candy Raymond ...
Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan ...
Tom McNamara
Celia De Burgh ...
Kim Deacon ...
Jo-Anne Moore ...


Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to the screen, Laura Tweedle Rambotham (Susannah Fowle). Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 August 1978 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A bölcsesség elnyerése  »

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Director Bruce Beresford first read the novel of Henry Handel Richardson's 'The Getting of Wisdom' as a youth whilst a school-student. See more »


Lilith: [Laura enters her assigned bedroom in the school and meets Lilith Gordon, who spies Laura holding a cake tin, which Lilith grabs and opens and sees glace cherries on the cake. She commences to eat them] Ohh, scrummy!
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Featured in The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia (2005) See more »


Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
Music by Robert Schumann
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9 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Just like to add that the movie was based on a book by a turn of last century feminist Australian writer called Ethel Florence Robertson who wrote under the psedoymn of Henry Handel Richardson. She herself went through a similar experience in her childhood due to her brash nature and musical ability and also the death of her father at a young age. Her sexual orientation and particularly her relation with an old school friend was controversial. It's a funny little story and i think anyone who has been in a situation where they had a different family or social background will relate to it. Not a "wower" but it does give the audience a sense of life going on despite all that people may do.

Just a bit of background information for all who would like to know

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