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The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  17 October 1987 (USA)
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During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Austrailia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freya Olson
Trevor Leishman
Graeme Blundell ...
Nils Olson
Lynette Curran ...
Anne Olson
Malcolm Robertson ...
Judi Farr ...
Tim Robertson ...
Bob Leishman
Harold Hopkins ...
Tom Alcock
Sergeant Pierce
Vincent Ball ...
Anja Coleby ...
Gail Olson
Kylie Ostara ...
Kelly Dingwall ...


During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Austrailia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved. Written by Jojo Mac

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It was incredible. It was the year that changed everything. Forever.


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17 October 1987 (USA)  »

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The Year My Voice Broke  »

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$213,901 (USA)

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The poem read by the teacher is "Train Journey" by Judith Wright. See more »


The police car driven by the police Sergeant is an XP Ford Falcon which were produced from March 1965 to September 1966. They did not exist in 1962. See more »


References Pinocchio (1940) See more »


I Remember You
Written by Victor Schertzinger and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Frank Ifield
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"Rejuvenating, admirable and majestic..."
22 May 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Australian screenwriter, producer and director John Duigan's eight feature film which he wrote, is loosely based on his own experiences and is the first part of a planned trilogy which was succeeded by "Flirting" (1991). It premiered in Australia, was shot on location in Braidwood and on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales in Australia and is an Australian production which was produced by producers Doug Mitchell, George Miller and Terry Hayes. It tells the story about an adolescent student named Danny Embling who lives in a small town at a hotel which is managed by his father and mother. Danny spends most of his time with his friend named Freya who lives with her adoptive parents and her stepsister named Gail and is seriously infatuated with her, but when Freya is introduced to the local rebel named Trevor Leishman he has to find new ways to gain her affection.

Subtly and acutely directed by Australian filmmaker John Duigan, this finely tuned fictional tale which is narrated by one of the main characters and from multiple viewpoints, draws a memorable portrayal of a pivotal year in the lives of three Australian misfits who are connected by their alienation. While notable for it's naturalistic and distinct milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Australian cinematographer Geoff Burton and production design and costume design by production designer and costume designer Roger Ford, this narrative-driven, conversational and dramatic story which examines themes like identity, friendship and the rites of passage and where a girl is drawn towards the Australian landscape and an amorous boy begins studying hypnotism, depicts three dense and interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Christine Woodruff.

This literary, romantic and atmospheric coming-of-age film from the late 1980s which is set during a summer in the early 1960s in a country town in the Tablelands of New South Wales in Australian and where a triangle drama arises between a musician, an orphan and a wild football player, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, endearing characters, spiritual undertones and the wonderful acting performances by Australian actors Noah Tylor, Ben Mendelsohn and Australian actresses Loene Carmen and Lynnette Curran. A rejuvenating, admirable and majestic drama from the later period of the Australian New Wave which gained, among other awards, the AFI Award for Best Film, Best Direction John Duigan and Best Supporting Actor Ben Mendelsohn at the 29th Australian Film Institute Awards in 1987.

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