After World War II, 4,000 Polish families came to Australia. They were Jews, Fascists, anti-Communists, and others dispossessed. In a large hostel, where even married men and women were housed in separate barracks, the adults lived for two years while they worked off the government's payment of their passage. Even though he is married to Anna and has a son, Julian falls in love with Nina and she with him. As they and others face the new situations and prejudices that await immigrants and as they take on aspects of Australian culture, old-country values reassert themselves. Julian decides what to do about love and family, and Nina must find a way to move on. Written by
The Australia that Australians never saw, housing love and dreams, hope and despair [Australia Theatrical]
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The film's closing credits declare: "The portrayal of the Minister for Information is based in part on the words and speeches of the late Arthur Calwell, though the events featuring that character are fictitious". See more
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