Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (1894-1982). Born in a large impoverished family, uneducated and illiterate, he had to fend for himself since he was eight, and as a recruit in WWI, he was sent to Gallipoli.
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 Narrator 4 episodes, 1986
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 Grandma Carr 3 episodes, 1986
Dale Randall ...
 Roy Facey 3 episodes, 1986
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 Eric Facey 3 episodes, 1986
Anthony Richards ...
 Bert (9 years) 2 episodes, 1986
Benedict Sweeney ...
 Bert (14 years) 2 episodes, 1986
Dominic Sweeney ...
 Bert / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Pat Bishop ...
 Alice McCall 2 episodes, 1986
Paul Sonkkila ...
 Archie McCall 2 episodes, 1986
Jeffrey Rhoe ...
 Jock McKay 2 episodes, 1986
Maurie Ogden ...
 Cop / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Leslie Wright ...
 Jack Lander 2 episodes, 1986
Donovan Curyer
Sasha Janes
Sandra Eldridge
Raelene Hughes ...
 Young Alice McCall 2 episodes, 1986
Christopher Rice
Jodi Haslinger
Geoff Hutchison
Tanya Heffernan
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Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (1894-1982). Born in a large impoverished family, uneducated and illiterate, he had to fend for himself since he was eight, and as a recruit in WWI, he was sent to Gallipoli.

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Mini-series based on seminal Australian biography.
1 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

"A Fortunate Life" is based on the bestselling biography of A.B. "Bert" Facey (1894-1982). This moving four-part television mini series covers the first part of the book. The mini-series stays true to the form of the book: it is somewhat unsophisticated and perhaps overly direct in its storytelling. The series ends with the year 1915, (the book finishes in 1976) after having shown a great deal of Mr. Facey's struggle to survive during hard times.

I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Mr. Facey's return to the life of Western Australia after enduring the punishingly realistic scenes of the Battle of Gallipoli: I thought that the "we lived happily ever after" voice-over at the end was a bit of a cop-out; after all the appeal of the show is the characterization of Bert as a tough, yet moral and easygoing man. The show paints an excellent picture of a typical tough "cobber", and it gives insight into the Australian people of the time.


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