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The Fringe Dwellers (1986)

Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristina Nehm ...
Trilby Comeaway
Justine Saunders ...
Mollie Comeaway
Bob Maza ...
Joe Comeaway
Kylie Belling ...
Noonah Comeaway
Denis Walker ...
Bartie Comeaway
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Phil
Malcolm Silva ...
Charlie
Marlene Bell ...
Hannah
Michelle Torres ...
Audrena
Michele Miles ...
Blanchie
Kath Walker ...
Eva
Bill Sandy ...
Maureen Watson ...
Rene
Robert Ugle ...
Tim
Alan Dargin ...
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Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

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October 1986 (USA)  »

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Aux frontières de la ville  »

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$149,440 (USA)
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The works of art that the teacher shows Bartie Comeaway are by the Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959). He was a Western Arrernte man from the Western MacDonnell Ranges area in central Australia. He is perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter. His main works were watercolours of the Australian outback desert landscapes. See more »

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Performed by Do Re Mi
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Black Outsiders
17 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A very unpopular film in its day sometime in 1986, this excellent Bruce Beresford film was wholly ignored by the Australian public and was regarded by crits of the time as a major misfire. Well maybe time will be kinder as I intend to be as I believe it is a compassionate funny and quite realistic look at the attempt of one Aboriginal (black) family to move from the riverbank shanty into a nice new house in town...which through the help of every relative and extended family hanger-on, manage to repaint lime green and almost completely trash - all within just one month. Told (like the superb NO WORRIES) through the eyes of their teenage daughter THE FRINGE DWELLERS does not falter in portraying the family and their calamities of lifestyle and town prejudices warts and all. Filmed in the small Queensland town of Murgon with plenty of local color and humor, THE FRINGE DWELLERS is often very funny showing the equally cringe-worthy and ghastly head-shaking behavior as 'the norm'. It is easy to take a set against the content as it all probably is exactly why well meaning white Australian townspeople criticize the unbelievable but true shabbiness and social disaster that happens when black rural Australia tries to go white. It is actually a heartfelt and charming film, well crafted and lovingly portrayed. It well deserves another new century view and I champion Director Bruce Beresford for his vision and humor. It also clearly shows his adept hand in an earlier clash of culture that was so celebrated in DRIVING MISS DAISY.


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