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We of the Never Never (1982)

Jeannie Gunn faced being the only civilised woman in an uncivilised land. A story of personal triumph about one woman who reached out in a hard, hostile, prejudiced world and managed to find love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Jeannie Gunn
Arthur Dignam ...
Aeneas Gunn
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Dan
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Jack
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Dandy
Tony Barry ...
Mac
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Jackaroo
Donald Blitner ...
Goggle Eye
Mawuyul Yanthalawuy ...
Rosie
Cecil Parkee ...
Cheon
Sibina Willy ...
Bett Bett
Tex Morton ...
Landlord
Kim Chiu Kok ...
Sam Lee
Brian Granrott ...
Neaves
Danny Adcock ...
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Jeannie Gunn faced being the only civilised woman in an uncivilised land. A story of personal triumph about one woman who reached out in a hard, hostile, prejudiced world and managed to find love.

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Love for her husband took her across a continent to a place no civilized woman had gone before. Her heart and courage make this one of the most unforgettable stories ever told. [USA theatrical] See more »

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4 November 1982 (Australia)  »

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »

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"Once it gets its hooks in you, you'll Never Never want to leave."
19 September 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

We of the Never Never was a real surprise: sounding like one of a thousand other woman-making-her-way-on-the-frontier movies, albeit set in the Australian outback, it actually turns out to be a terrific piece of old-style epic film-making on a grand scale. The unexpected casting pays dividends: Angela Punch McGregor conveys just the right strength of character for someone simultaneously trying to fit in where she's not wanted and who is still open to what those around her have to offer, white or Aborigine, while Arthur Dignam's very unlikeliness as a cattle station manager works in his favour.

Gary Hansen's scope photography is truly breathtaking, and director Igor Auzin's mastery of the frame without losing sight of his characters is so impressive that you wonder why he only made one more feature. The 2.35:1 ratio is not just window dressing either: not only does it stress both the vastness and hard beauty of the place, but it also serves to highlight the marginalisation of the various characters by class, gender or race. Pretty terrific.


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