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Paul Cox (written by)
Barry Dickins
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26 September 1991 (Australia) See more »
Uplifting and intimate look at the last days of an elderly cancer victim. The film is even more relevant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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If you could leave your loved ones a memento like this to cherish, how easy it would be to accept that final lift from the oarsman! See more (4 total) »


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Sheila Florance ... Martha
Gosia Dobrowolska ... Anna
Norman Kaye ... Billy

Chris Haywood ... Jonathan
Ernie Gray ... Peter (as Ernest Gray)
Myrtle Woods ... Miss Inchley
Bruce Myles ... Con 1
Alex Menglet ... Con 2
François Bernard ... Neighbor
Manuel Bachet ... Neighbor
Monica Maughan ... Billy's daughter
Max Gillies ... Billy's son-in-law
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Celebrant
David Reid ... Don
Dawn Klingberg ... Don's wife
Marina Finlay ... Prostitute
Victoria Eagger ... Nurse 1
Marion Heathfield ... Nurse 2
James Khong ... Doctor
Kate Fewster ... Young Martha
Carla Hoogeveen ... Waitress

Nino Gaetano Martinetti ... Cafe manager
Veronica Koca ... Young girl
Kyra Cox ... Young girl
Hal Todd ... Hal Todd's voice
Melita Jurisic ... Judy (voice)
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Directed by
Paul Cox 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Cox  written by
Barry Dickins 

Produced by
Paul Ammitzboll .... line producer
Paul Cox .... producer
William T. Marshall .... executive producer
Santhana K. Naidu .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Grabowsky 
Cinematography by
Nino Gaetano Martinetti 
Film Editing by
Russell Hurley 
Production Design by
Neil Angwin 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
Production Management
Paul Ammitzboll .... production manager
Sound Department
Yuri Worontschak .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Kershaw .... key grip
Leigh Parker .... focus puller
Editorial Department
Rochelle Oshlack .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer
Yuri Worontschak .... music engineer
Other crew
Andrew Marshall .... production runner
Joanne McLennan .... continuity
Vanitha Naidu .... production accountant
Oliver Streeton .... title designer

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93 min
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The relatively limited budget for the film prompted director Paul Cox to order his Continuity department to stop taking Polaroid photographs, as the project could not withstand the expense.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
If you could leave your loved ones a memento like this to cherish, how easy it would be to accept that final lift from the oarsman!, 15 November 2001
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

Not many people get to dedicate their lives literally, to film in such a way that they leave behind the greatest of diaries you could never have committed to paper. Sheila Florance, grand dame of Australian television and the big-screen has managed just that.

At 78 years of age and dying of cancer herself, she plays elderly Martha, who's terminal cancer is no barrier to her enjoying her last days with her family, the image of dignity and wisdom - traits that she has shown all her life.

This marvellous life-affirming film is one of Paul Cox's best, in fact one of Australia's finest productions. It would be impossible not to be significantly moved by it and taking perhaps a minute or three to review your own life and direction.

Sheila Florance, beloved of many long-term viewers, died just two days after receiving her AFI award for Best Actress for her role as Martha. It was a fitting reward for a lifetime's contribution made.

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