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Miles Franklin (novel)
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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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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)
Other crew
Catherine Barber .... unit runner (as Cathy barber)
Moya Iceton .... continuity
Toivo Lember .... location manager
Jo Buchanan .... tutor/chaperone (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Spectrum Films  post-production facilities (as Spectrum Films International)

Additional Details

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100 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Producer Margaret Fink had wanted to make this film since 1965.See more »
Aunt Gussie:Perhaps they're meant to balance the ugly in life.
[while in the aviary, about the birds]
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Watch the ENTIRE movie or you'll miss much., 11 September 2005
Author: smith-684 from United States

The previous comment suggested fast-forwarding through the movie to the denouement. If you do this you will lack a true understanding of just how important the choices made in the end are to the character Sybylla.

Unless you watch a movie in its entirety you cannot say you have truly seen the movie. A movie may also move at a pace that you are not used to and the pace of a specific film is chosen for a reason. If the viewer stops to think about just why the final cut moved at that pace he or she may glean something quite important about that particular film.

Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Australia does not possess (in the area where this movie was filmed) bold colors and subtlety was what was wont for this film.

I rated it quite highly for many reasons including Judy Davis' acting, the strength with which the director was able to convey its message, the strong supporting cast, the exquisite shots (particularly in their composition) often lengthy in duration that so wonderfully show what action/adventure films cannot including again subtlety, nuance and the ability to make the viewer actually think-both during and for long after the film is viewed

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