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Silver City (1984)

PG | | Drama | 17 May 1985 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Gosia Dobrowolska ...
Nina
Ivar Kants ...
Julian
Anna Maria Monticelli ...
Anna (as Anna Jemison)
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Victor
Debra Lawrance ...
Helena
Ewa Bok ...
Mrs. Bronowska
Tim McKenzie ...
Roy Jenkins
Dennis Miller ...
Max
Joel Cohen ...
Young Daniel
Annie Byron ...
Dorothy
Halina Abramowicz ...
Ella
Adam Bowen ...
Man on Train
Ron Blanchard ...
Arthur Calwell
Noel Hodda ...
Estonian Man
Russell Newman ...
Customs Official
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Boatload of Hope  »

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According to Australian film website 'Cinephilia', the picture is "based on the director [Sophia Turkiewicz]'s short film Letters from Poland (1978) and informed by her own mother's experience". The latter is explored more directly in Turkiewicz's Once My Mother (2013) made and released about exactly thirty years later. See more »

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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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but a gold strike at the cinema
20 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Gloriously romantic and severe in its roots, this excellent 1984 Australian film details the Polish migrant story in an emotionally winning way. A personal family history revelation from young Director Sophie Turkewicz, SILVER CITY is the name of the compound of corrugated tin huts into which migrants of the late 40s and 50s were herded for months to be assessed and accepted into Australian life. These "silver cities" were in each major city in Australia and existed as holding centers for all migrants, even the sought after British, until the early 70s. This film tells one migrant's story and her romantic pursuit into Aussie life of the 50s. Perefectly realized and achingly real by gorgeous (migrant) actress Gosia Dobrowolska SILVER CITY is an international level Australian film from the same era that produced CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU and WE OF THE NEVER NEVER. It was very successful in its day and deserves three widescreen DVD cheers.


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