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 »
This film was a delight to anyone that has watched Australian Cinema from the days before commercialism. To not borrow from my native vernacular, because it can offend, it pokes fun at itself - a humour north Americans will find a little difficult to figure out. If you don't go looking for anything serious, you'll find this film a little uncut gem.
Leo McKern is simply a delight, with borrowed glimpses of Rumpole. Dame Joan is wooden, but obviously draws some benefit from her staged-operatic experiences.
Barry Otto has played better roles, but is well suited to the almost dodgy conservative and Noah Taylor and Geoff Rush team up again and play very funny parts. If you're Australian or a Brit you'll probably like this film in spades, if you're an American, you'd probably not get it apart from the fact that the Australian actors speak good English. PS humour has a u in it - OK!
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