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Frank Hawdon
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Mr. McSwatt
Aileen Britton ...
Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford ...
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Patricia Kennedy ...
Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood ...
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Horace
Marion Shad ...
Gertie
Arron Wood ...
Stanley (as Aaron Wood)
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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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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First 35mm film for director Gillian Armstrong. See more »

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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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One of my all-time favorite films
30 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Judy Davis, as Sybylla Melvin, struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and a vulnerability that allows us to get right inside of her character and to understand her --- up to a point that is, a career is vital but I don't believe I'd have the strength to pass up Sam Neill under any circumstances, especially as cute as he is in this movie. In fact, all the acting is great, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Gillian Armstrong has been my idol ever since she made this magnificent film. I give it a 10.


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