The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the second half of the 19th century.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1998   Unknown  
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Colony (TV Series 2016)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in the near future, Colony centers on a family headed up by Holloway and Callies who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together while trying to survive. They live in... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson
The Cazalets (TV Series 2001)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Dillane, Lesley Manville
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When Steve's secret marriage of convenience is discovered by his family, he finds himself at the centre of the world's most farcical wedding, the only problem is, he is in love with somebody else.

Director: Amanda Jane
Stars: Josh Lawson, Isabel Lucas, Steve Bisley
Love & Rage (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

This film is based off of a true event that happened on the Achill Island which is off the West coast of Ireland in The Valley House.

Director: Cathal Black
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane
Firelight (1997)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt
Secret State (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports they find an orphanage run by devoted Mrs. Savic near... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei
Frankie's House (TV Movie 1992)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 1964 in Laos, young Tim Page discovers his vocation as a photojournalist and is given a job, a camera, and a trip to Vietnam. There, he learns the ropes, learns about the war first in ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fisk
Stars: Iain Glen, Kevin Dillon, Steven Vidler
The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino
Déjà Vu (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.

Director: Henry Jaglom
Stars: Victoria Foyt, Stephen Dillane, Vanessa Redgrave
Two If by Sea (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that _last_ job, which involves stealing a valuable painting. ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Bennett
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary, Stephen Dillane
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An English family fights to establish truth, justice, and accountability from the Israeli army after their son - Tom, a young photo-journalism student - is shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli army sniper in April 2003.

Director: Rowan Joffe
Stars: Bader Alami, Ziad Bakri, Mark Bazeley
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Rafe Andrews ...
 M. P. (aged 7) (2 episodes, 1998)
Stewart Armstrong ...
 Mr. Robbins (2 episodes, 1998)
Craig Ashley ...
 Jarrold (2 episodes, 1998)
Maurie Barlin ...
 Dinnie Skehan (2 episodes, 1998)
Donal Beecher ...
 James Maguire (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Butcher ...
 Maloney (2 episodes, 1998)
Alan Cinis ...
 Auctioneer (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Corbett ...
 Darby (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Poor Mary (2 episodes, 1998)
Cormac Costello ...
 Skinner (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Mr. Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Margaret D'Arcy ...
 Mammy Amy (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Mary Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Conal De Huggard
(2 episodes, 1998)
Michael K. DeVaney ...
 Young Michael (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Patsy (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Jimmy (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Driffield ...
 Vicar (2 episodes, 1998)
Marcus Eyre ...
 Fruin (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Bridget Durack (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Longman (2 episodes, 1998)
Patrick Frost ...
 Clerk of Works (2 episodes, 1998)
Sean Gilroy ...
 Father McAlroy (2 episodes, 1998)
Marc Grey ...
 M. P. (aged 21) (2 episodes, 1998)
Derek Halligan ...
 Rent Collector (2 episodes, 1998)
Trevor Jamieson ...
 Boontamurra Youth (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Big Johnnie (2 episodes, 1998)
Wayne Scott Kermond ...
 Stumpy Michael (2 episodes, 1998)
Ningali Lawford ...
 Valley (2 episodes, 1998)
Julian Leather ...
 Long Michael (2 episodes, 1998)
Alice Livingstone ...
 Margaret Darby (2 episodes, 1998)
Tom Long ...
 Pat Tully (2 episodes, 1998)
Scott Lowe ...
 Inspector Gilmour (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Sarah (2 episodes, 1998)
Elspeth MacTavish ...
 Mrs. Longman (2 episodes, 1998)
Des McAleer ...
 Michael (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Game Keeper (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Lord Dunraven (2 episodes, 1998)
Ingrid Menge ...
 Kate McInnes (2 episodes, 1998)
Stanley Mirindo ...
 Dinnakin (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Koorie Jane (2 episodes, 1998)
David Ngoombujarra ...
 Burrakin (2 episodes, 1998)
Vicki Ngurruwuthum ...
 Burrakin's wife (2 episodes, 1998)
Niki Owen ...
 Maid (2 episodes, 1998)
Damian Pike ...
 John Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Susan Rigg ...
 Mrs. Robbins (2 episodes, 1998)
Brian Rooney ...
 J. W. (aged 19) (2 episodes, 1998)
Paul Shillingsworth ...
 Koorie Bill (2 episodes, 1998)
Robert Simper ...
 Sergeant Moreton (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 Mr. Emanuel (2 episodes, 1998)
...
 J. W. (aged 5) (2 episodes, 1998)
Maggie Steed ...
 Mrs. Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Gary Vincent ...
 Photographer (2 episodes, 1998)
Edit

Storyline

The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the second half of the 19th century.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Saga of Hatred and Tragedy, Wealth and Romance . . . (DVD)

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ruoholinnojen kuninkaat  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title is derived from a complete line in the source novel which reads: "If it's kings we are, it's kings in grass castles that may be blown away in the wind." See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A stirring tale to make all Australians feel good, or anybody else who has ever migrated.
9 June 2002 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

I myself emigrated to Australia near 40 years ago and have very fond memories of the country; thus I do not pass up any opportunities of seeing Australian productions which come by here, usually on our regional Basque TV Channel.

Based on a novel of the same name (Corgi Books, 1967) written by a grand-daughter of the main protagonist of this story – Patsy Durack – the film narrates the hard life of some Irish peasants who fled the potato famine in 1853 and emigrated to Australia. However, on arrival in the land of promise, they soon found that life there was also going to be rather hard. However, they persevere and get their own spread `in the back of beyond' near Thargomindah (the name is changed in the film, can't think why) in the deep south west of Queensland. From extreme to extreme, the saga unrolls, beautifully filmed and sometimes really well acted, reaching its forseeable conclusion without too many problems.

The best was a very loveable David Ngoombujarra as Burrakin, aborigine who became Patsy Durack's lifelong friend.

From a rainy windy Galway, Western Eire, the film miraculously dumps us in the middle of the splendid scenery of the Blue Mountains, not far from Oberon I rather fancy, overlooking the majestic Kurragorang Valley. Later we see the great empty plains of south west Queensland, and a few views of the beautiful Kimberlies can also be seen. As I have said, some beautiful filming: sunsets and a few wild animals, well-reconstructed street scenes, billabongs – made me almost feel `home' sick!

There is some play on how aborigines were badly treated, thrown off their lands, but this theme was not very much gone into. However, on a recent trip to Australia I noticed that now these people run their own lands and the booming tourist business.

Whether this film is very genuinely a story of the hard lives the early immigrants led may be a little debatable.

Try to get a copy of Ernestine Hill's `The Territory' (Angus and Robertson) for a truly authentic and beautiful book about people opening up the interior of Australia, especially the north.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Excellent series gearhart
Discuss Kings in Grass Castles (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?