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Director:
Writers:
Miles Franklin (novel)
Eleanor Witcombe (writer)
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Release Date:
17 August 1979 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(31 articles)
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User Reviews:
Even twenty odd years after I first saw it, this film makes me want to cheer. Gillian Armstrong, if you're out there, thank you! See more (37 total) »

Cast

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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
Aaron Wood ... Stanley
Sue Davies ... Aurora
Gordon Piper ... Barman
James Moss ... Pub drinker
Bill Charlton ... Joe
Suzanne Roylance ... Biddy
Zelda Smith ... 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
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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)
 
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
 

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100 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
The Australian DVD sleeve notes state that this was the first Australian feature film to be directed by a woman for forty-six years.See more »
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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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Even twenty odd years after I first saw it, this film makes me want to cheer. Gillian Armstrong, if you're out there, thank you!, 4 December 2000
Author: Katharine Montagu from Vancouver, Canada

My mother took me to see this film when I was ten, the year before she died. It changed my entire perspective on the world, set me free from the constraints of fairy tales and inspired me to do something worthwhile with my life (write). I've seen it a few times since then, and found it improved in pace with my understanding.

Apparently Judy Davis didn't like this character or sympathize with her. All I can say is that I'm glad she went ahead and took the role anyway. Sybylla is like Cinderella with a twist worthy of M. Night Shymalan.

The film is sometimes beautiful and lyrical, sometimes depressing and ugly. At all times it is believable because the forces driving Sybylla transcend time and place: creativity and independence. This film taught me that a gilded cage is still a cage.

Even twenty odd years after I first saw it, this film makes me want to cheer. Gillian Armstrong, if you're out there, thank you!

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