Jamie is a young man growing up in the small Australian town of Bundaberg during the early 1940's. Jamie loves his tranquil life, surrounded by the friendly locals, and being brought up by ...
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Jamie is a young man growing up in the small Australian town of Bundaberg during the early 1940's. Jamie loves his tranquil life, surrounded by the friendly locals, and being brought up by his warm caring grandmother. But when a local preacher goes nutty, all hell breaks loose for the community, and Jamie leaves Bundaberg for the city. Written by
The first paragraph of Ronald McKie's novel 'The Mango Tree' read: "A black wind from across the mountains brought dust and grass seeds and a melancholy crying. It cuffed the long leaves of the mango tree, threw powdered cane trash against the windows. It spread dark stains on the river and the stains travelled with the tides until they were absorbed or taken to sea. After three days the wind stopped and into the silence came another, sticky with salt and stinking of weed, but cool and soft from the southern marches of the Coral Sea, so that in the piccaninny daylight of that Christmas Eve, as the men left the scrub that clamped the town against the river and came down the long street, their flannels stained a darker grey, their boots fresh-blacked with dew, the morning was still and cloudless and splashed with birds." See more »
The color patch worn by the Light Horse trooper (who assists the Professor in the early scene) is back-to-front. The leading edge of the patch should show the Brigade color (white for the 1st Light Horse Brigade), while the battalion color (green in this instance) should be to the rear. See more »
Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend?
Lyrics by David Worton and Bert Lee
Music by Harry Fragson
Played by the band at the political rally See more »
Christopher Pate is terrific in his first major acting role. He stars as Jamie, a young man growing up in the small Australian town of Bundaberg during the early 1940's. Jamie loves his life, surrounded by friendly locals, and being brought up by his warm caring grandmother played by Geraldine Fitzgerald. But unfortunately, Jamie decides to leave for the city at the end of the Second World War. Great perfomances by all, including Gerard Kennedy as the 'nutty' preacher, and Robert Helpmann as the drunken professor who befriends Jamie. This scenic drama is beautifully filmed on locations around Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, which is my hometown. I would recommend this film to anyone who would like to see a well acted Australian drama.
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