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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

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Aunt Helen
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Frank Hawdon
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Mr. McSwatt
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Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford ...
Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy ...
Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood ...
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Horace
Marion Shad ...
Gertie
Aaron Wood ...
Stanley
Sue Davies ...
Aurora
Gordon Piper ...
Barman
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career instead. She does attracts the interest of several suitors. The bumbling Englishman Frank Hawdon has only been in Australia for three months and proposes that she return home with him as his wife. She rejects him out of hand telling her grandmother that she does not love him. Then there's her neighbor, the handsome young farmer Harry Beecham, who she is attracted to and eventually accepts his proposal. Time passes however and in the end refuses to marry him while she seeks to become a writer. Written by garykmcd

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Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free. See more »


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17 August 1979 (Australia)  »

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As Quatro Irmãs  »

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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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Producer Margaret Fink once considered Roman Polanski (Tess (1979)) to direct this picture. See more »

Quotes

Sybylla: I think ugly girls should be shot at birth by their parents. It's bad enough being born a girl...but ugly and clever...
Aunt Gussie: Oh, fancy you're clever, do you?
Sybylla: I rather hope so. I'm done for if I'm not!
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Simply beautiful
25 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Gillian Armstrong's valentine to Miles Franklin's classic novel is one of the most beautiful movies ever made, and my personal favorite to watch over and over again. The photography is brilliant and Judy Davis delivers and unforgettable performance. She really takes you inside the head and soul of a very complex character who is alienated, fascinated, and bemused by the role she has been given to play in life. Every mother should show this movie to her teenage daughter. It may be the last chance you have to laugh together.


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