Internationally renown opera star, Dame Joan Sutherland was asked to play the part of Mum Rudd. She did a very convincing job of playing the bush toughened matriarch. Leo McKern had spent many years in Great Britain and was famous for his role in the TV series, Rumpole of the Bailey, where he played a rough and ready English barrister. Fortunately, the Australian born actor, soon let loose with the typical Aussie accent and slang required for his part as Dad Rudd. McKern's gruff style and portly figure suited the part perfectly. See more »
A superb dramatisation of a small classic of Australian literature with an outstanding cast of actors who effortlessly portray their characters.
Definitely not a film for the ignorant US teenager who neither knows nor cares that there is a world beyond the U.S. and history as well. For those with more open minds and some curiousity about the world, and who are ready for a good laugh about human foibles, this is a very entertaining romp.
Incidentally, if it hasn't been mentioned elsewhere, Dame Joan Sutherland who plays Mother in this, is one of the world's greatest operatic sopranos. Her career spanned over 30 years and she was the undisputed coloratura soprano of her time. This film is just a little something she knocked up in her retirement!
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