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Cast

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Noni Hazlehurst ...
 Lily
Rebecca Smart ...
 Buster
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ...
 Tony
Lorna Lesley ...
 Marge
Ned Manning ...
 Jim
Madeleine Blackwell ...
 Lucy
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 Thaddeus
Julie Hamilton ...
 Bella
Reg Evans ...
 Luke
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 Donny
Frank Gallacher ...
 Beauty
Norman Kaye ...
 Desmond
Ray Meagher ...
 Polkadot
Lynette Curran ...
 Hareema
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Storyline

Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in Adelaide makes him face up to what she believes are his responsibilities, neither he nor his daughter are ready for each other. But in the beginning he's all she's got, and at the end, she's all he's got. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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The Shiralee. A love story. See more »

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 June 1988 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Macaulay's Daughter  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,750,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A "shiralee" is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning "burden". In the story, the Buster character is, metaphorically speaking, a physical and psychological burden to her father. The word "Shiralee" has been used as a synonym for "swag", "drum", "bundle" or "matilda". See more »

Connections

Remake of The Shiralee (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-wow
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Written by Joseph Tabrar
Played at the dance
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I was named after this movie!

My father loved the relationship between Macaulay and Buster so slightly altered the spelling so I would not be a burden all my life and called me Sherilee! I have the book and have read and re-read it but would love to see the film! How do I get to see it? No one I have asked has ever heard of it before!


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