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16 September 1993 (Australia) See more »
The magic of the mountain. The obsession of a man. The beauty of the Silver Brumby.
A mother tells her daughter a fable about the prince of the brumbies, brumby being a term for the feral horses of Australia, who must find its place among its kind, while one man makes it his mission to capture it and tame it. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Caroline Goodall ... Elyne Mitchell

Russell Crowe ... The Man
Amiel Daemion ... Indi Mitchell (as Ami Daemion)
Johnny Raaen ... Jock
Buddy Tyson ... Darcy
Graeme Fullgrabe ... Auctioneer
Gary Amos ... Rider
Murray Chesson ... Rider
John Coles ... Rider
Danny Cook ... Rider
Peter Faithfull ... Rider
Richard Faithfull ... Rider
Charles A. Harris ... Ride (as Charles Harris)
Cody Harris ... Rider
Ken Mitchell ... Rider
Kristen Olsson ... Rider
Helen Packer ... Rider
Barry Stephan ... Rider
David Stoney ... Rider
Harley Young ... Rider

Directed by
John Tatoulis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elyne Mitchell  written by
Jon Stephens  written by
John Tatoulis  written by

Produced by
Brian Burgess .... line producer
Judy Malmgren .... associate producer
William T. Marshall .... executive producer
Colin South .... producer
John Tatoulis .... producer
Original Music by
Tassos Ioannides 
Cinematography by
Mark Gilfedder 
Film Editing by
Peter Burgess 
Casting by
Gregory Apps 
Production Design by
Phil Chambers 
Art Direction by
Peter Kendall 
Set Decoration by
Adele Flere 
Costume Design by
Jane Hyland 
Margot Lindsay 
Makeup Department
Paul Pattison .... additional makeup artist
Kirsten Veysey .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yvonne Collins .... production manager
Peter Culpan .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Jones .... first assistant director: additional photography
Neville Mason .... second assistant director
Stephen Saks .... first assistant director
Art Department
Adele Flere .... props buyer
Sound Department
Pete Best .... sound re-recording mixer
James Currie .... sound re-recording mixer
Gavin Myers .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Brian Pearce .... special effects
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesca Bosch .... clapper loader
Freddo Dierck .... key grip
Johnny Earthmover .... gaffer
Peter Falk .... focus puller
Miriana Marusic .... focus puller: second unit
Harry Panagiotidis .... camera operator
Bruce Phillips .... focus puller
Peter Stott .... clapper loader
Peter Zakharov .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Nick Hamon .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Stephen Kent .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer
Spyros Rantos .... conductor
Other crew
Jennifer Barty .... production coordinator
Tom Burstall .... completion representative
Peter Culpan .... location manager
Julie Feddersen .... continuity
Kylie Harding .... base office liaison
Tom Heuzenroeder .... work experience
Emma Jamvold .... production assistant
Alan Finney .... thanks

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful horse film, 14 June 2000
Author: ( from Texas

Well, in my continuing quest to see every movie Russell Crowe was ever in, I stumbled across this little film. (As long as I'm disclosing biases, I might as well mention that I have not read Elyne Mitchell's novel.)

It is a film for children--specifically, girls ages 8-12 or so who love horses. And they will love it. Younger children may be disturbed by some of the content; these are wild horses trying to survive in the wild, in all weather and situations.

It's framed as a fable, with Elyne Mitchell (Caroline Goodall) writing a story for her daughter Indi (Amiel Daemion) about Thowra, the great silver brumby, and the Man (Russell Crowe) who wants to tame him.

It's meant to be a fable, which explains how all these wild horses are so beautifully groomed. The horses also occasionally seem to be deaf, since they fail to react at all to sounds that any horse would prick its ears at.

As a horse film, it's highly successful. We see lots of lovely horses, doing fascinating horse things. The horse part of the movie is perfectly developed.

The humans are more troublesome. I suspect that Mrs. Mitchell and her daughter were not characters in the book; adding them causes a fundamental shift in the relationships between the characters. Instead of relationships between Thowra and other horses (especially the Brolga, his archrival) and between Thowra and the Man, the most important relationships are those between humans (between the two Mitchells, between Indi and the various men who catch and tame brumbies) and between humans and nature, with the relationships among the horses and of the humans to the horses receding into the background.

Instead of a simple pair of conflicts--between Thowra and the Brolga (the natural challenge); between Thowra and the Man (the unnatural challenge)--we get instead a large number of relationships, which changes the entire dynamic.

Despite these problems, the new concept could have worked, if simplified a bit. The basic point is that both Indi and the Man love Thowra, and for the same reasons: he is beautiful, strong, proud, and free. However, because Indi loves Thowra, she wants him to remain free; because the Man loves Thowra, he wants to own and tame the horse.

Such a conflict could have provided ample opportunity for lessons on "listening to the bush" and on the difference and inherent contradiction between love and possession (etc., etc.).

In the film, however, the Mitchells dominate. Elyne gives her daughter lessons on nature and life, with the help of an injured kangaroo they find, which serves to teach that wild things belong in the wild, that if you truly care about something you give it its freedom--all lessons that could have been communicated via the story of Thowra. (I loved the kangaroo, but it wasn't necessary.) Meanwhile, the Man is underdeveloped, and sometimes demonized--which runs entirely counter to the purpose of the film. The Man is not evil, just obsessed.

The filmmakers undoubtedly decided to focus on the girl and her mother because that's their audience. A reasonable decision, and yet one which weakens the film.

Overall, a nice, solid horse film which should be very popular with its target audience.

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