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Writers (WGA):
Libby Hathorn (novel)
H. Haden Yelin (teleplay)
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Release Date:
19 April 1998 (USA) See more »
Scenic settings in Australia enhance this Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, a simple yet engaging... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
Emily Browning: total control
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 13 October 2011, 4:06 PM, PDT)

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Good acting and a straightforward plot allows for an above-average drama See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Davis ... Gladwyn Ritchie

Jamey Sheridan ... Larry Ritchie

Lauren Hewett ... Lara Ritchie

Ernie Dingo ... Neil
Chelsea Yates ... Pearl Ritchie

Michael Caton ... Bill Gadrey

Emily Browning ... Opal Ritchie (as Emily Jane Browning)
Jamie Croft ... Gowd Gadrey
James Wright ... Mr. Calloway
Ben Hanson ... Jasper Ritchie
James Hanson ... Jasper Ritchie
Reg Evans ... Garage Attendant
Linda Ross ... Bank Woman
Frank Magree ... Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Hunter ... Cooper (uncredited)
Molly McCaffrey ... School Girl (uncredited)
Jim Russell ... Truckie (uncredited)

Directed by
Simon Wincer 
Writing credits
Libby Hathorn (novel "Thunderwith")

H. Haden Yelin (teleplay)

Produced by
Dorothea G. Petrie .... producer
Brent Shields .... co-executive producer
Richard Welsh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
David Eggby 
Film Editing by
Terry Blythe 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Leslie Binns 
Art Direction by
Peter Kendall 
Costume Design by
Marion Boyce 
Makeup Department
Vivien Mepham .... key makeup artist
Zeljka Stanin .... hair stylist: Judy Davis
Kirsten Veysey .... makeup artist: Judy Davis
Production Management
Jan Bladier .... production manager
David Lee .... production manager
Paul Malone .... unit manager
Kathleen M. Straub .... executive in charge of production
Karen Mayeda Vranek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Donaldson .... first assistant director
Jennifer Leacey .... second assistant director
Andrew Power .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ben Bauer .... property master
Campbell Burdon .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Paul Clark .... sound mixer
Joe Melody .... sound supervisor (as Joseph Melody)
Richard D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Brian Pearce .... special effects coordinator
Ali Pearce .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mike Davis .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Allardice .... key grip
Ian Dewhurst .... gaffer
Greg Noakes .... still photographer
Casting Department
Maura Fay .... casting australia
Olivia Harris .... casting: USA
Editorial Department
Jamie McNary .... assistant editor
Dale Shin .... apprentice editor
Charlie Ellis .... telecine operator: rushes (uncredited)
Location Management
Joe Jury .... location manager
Music Department
Lori Slomka .... music editor
Robert Puff .... music preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Evanne Chesson .... animal trainer
Judy Whitehead .... script supervisor
Reita Wilson .... production coordinator
Brett Cranford .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Meaghan Yates .... double: "Pearl" (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Echo of Thunder (#47.4)" - USA (anthology series)
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98 min
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Good acting and a straightforward plot allows for an above-average drama, 31 October 2008
Author: Steve Skafte from Nova Scotia, Canada

For anyone who has seen several films produced by the Hallmark Hall of Fame, the basic style of acting and script will be quite familiar. The production is designed to be low-key, and you can be pretty much certain nothing too shocking will happen. Gladwyn (Davis) and Larry (Jamey Sheridan) are a couple who live in the wilderness of Australia with their three young children. When Larry's wife from his first marriage dies, his mid-teen daughter Lara is sent to live with them. You can extrapolate the basic drama from there.

In my experience, Judy Davis' style of performance seems to directly depend on her level of comfort with the character. I suspect, in this case, she was not particularly at ease. But it's not necessarily a bad thing, because her character is not particularly meant to be personable. Her reaction and attitude to the world around her is very defensive. Her performance and that of Lauren Hewett (Lara) are the main reasons to watch this. Like most Hallmark shows, it depends directly on the quality of acting.

There's some aspects of the plot that fall flat. The whole spirit guide mystical Hollywood Indian dog sub-plot is really lame. It's been done so many times, and it's never been done well. Overall, it's a good drama that is a pretty much A to B run, but with more than excellent acting to hold it together.

RATING: 6.9 out of 10

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