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Miles Franklin (novel)
Eleanor Witcombe (writer)
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Release Date:
17 August 1979 (Australia) See more »
Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free. See more »
Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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A Brilliant Movie! See more (41 total) »


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Judy Davis ... Sybylla Melvyn

Sam Neill ... Harry Beecham

Wendy Hughes ... Aunt Helen

Robert Grubb ... Frank Hawdon

Max Cullen ... Mr. McSwatt
Aileen Britton ... Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford ... Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy ... Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood ... Father

Julia Blake ... Mother

David Franklin ... Horace
Marion Shad ... Gertie
Arron Wood ... Stanley (as Aaron Wood)
Sue Davies ... Aurora
Gordon Piper ... Barman
James Moss ... Pub drinker
Bill Charlton ... Joe
Suzanne Roylance ... Biddy
Zelda Smyth ... Ethel
Bobbie Ward ... Mrs. Butler
Basil Clarke ... Butler
Amanda Pratt ... Blanche Derrick
Dorothy St. Heaps ... Mrs. Derrick
Gerry Duggan ... Squatter
Babs McMillan ... Miss Benson
Carole Skinner ... Mrs. McSwatt
Tony Hughes ... Peter McSwat
Tina Robinson Hansen ... Lizer McSwat (as Tina Robinson)
Aaron Corrin ... Jimmy McSwat
Sharon Crouch ... Sarah McSwat
Robert Austin ... Willie McSwat
Mark Spain ... Tommy McSwat
Simone Buchanan ... Mary Anne

Ray Meagher ... Mailman

Directed by
Gillian Armstrong 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Miles Franklin  novel
Eleanor Witcombe  writer

Produced by
Margaret Fink .... producer
Jane Scott .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nathan Waks 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Beauman 
Casting by
Hilary Linstead 
Liz Mullinar 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
Art Direction by
Neil Angwin 
Costume Design by
Anna Senior 
Production Management
Jane Scott .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... third assistant director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Mark Turnbull .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sue Armstrong .... assistant props buyer
Sound Department
Ned Dawson .... sound recordist: additional crew
Phil Judd .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bansgrove .... gaffer
Sam Bienstock .... electrician
David Burr .... focus puller
Louis Irving .... camera operator
Grahame Litchfield .... grip (as Graham Litchfield)
Richard Merryman .... second assistant camera
Peter Moss .... camera operator
Paul Moyes .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melody Cooper .... wardrobe assistant
Robin Hall .... wardrobe stand-by
Terry Ryan .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Frans Vandenburg .... assistant film editor (as Franz Vandenburg)
Location Management
Toivo Lember .... location manager
Other crew
Catherine Barber .... unit runner (as Cathy barber)
Moya Iceton .... continuity
Jo Buchanan .... tutor/chaperone (uncredited)

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  • Spectrum Films  post-production facilities (as Spectrum Films International)

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100 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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This film was nominated for 11 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (three), and Best Supporting Actor. The film won six AFI Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design. The film won no AFI awards for acting, all five misses being in acting categories.See more »
Uncle Julius:I see that Furlow has bought himself a very fine bull.
Sybylla:That should make a few cows happy!
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Brilliant Movie!, 10 June 1999
Author: avatar6 from Oregon, USA

I watched this movie expecting to be bored stiff, but was pleasantly surprised! This genre of film-making I usually find no interest in, but this one proved to be different. It was well written, well directed, very well acted, and the chemistry between the players was incredible! Very rarely do I view a movie that has a perfect combination of actors, and this was one. Judy Davis and Sam Neill were incredible together, and I'm happy to say they would be in two other films together after this one. Everything about this movie was wonderful. It's just too bad it ends when it does. I found myself very interested in the characters, and wanted to know what became of each. My only qualm with the movie is that it ended too fast! I would definitely have to call this a favorite! That's how good this movie is!

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