7.7/10
80
1 user

Kings in Grass Castles 

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... 

Mary Bryant (2005)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.

Stars: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin
Mercy Street (2016–2017)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green.

Stars: McKinley Belcher III, Suzanne Bertish, Norbert Leo Butz
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in 1928, Meredith is a 35 year-old unmarried woman who arrives at a remote lighthouse island with her uncle, the new head keeper.

Director: Shirley Barrett
Stars: Miranda Otto, Marton Csokas, Essie Davis
City of Vice (TV Series 2008)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Welcome to eighteenth century London - a world filled with prostitutes, pimps, gamblers and villains. In a time before the invention of modern policing procedures, Henry Fielding (Star Wars... See full summary »

Stars: Ian McDiarmid, Francis Magee, Steve Speirs
Black Harbour (1996–1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Katherine and Nick return to her childhood home in Nova Scotia after her mother becomes ill. Nick is a struggling screenwriter while Katherine a partner in a successful Los Angeles eatery. ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Jenkins, Melanie Foley, Barrett Porter
Jessica I (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Young Jessica is sent to a mental asylum by her rotten family on a false pretense. Her only chance is a down-on-his-luck boozing lawyer.

Director: Peter Andrikidis
Stars: Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Harrow, Sam Neill
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Rafe Andrews ...
 M. P. (aged 7) 2 episodes, 1998
Stewart Armstrong ...
 Mr. Robbins 2 episodes, 1998
Craig Ashley ...
Maurie Barlin ...
 Dinnie Skehan 2 episodes, 1998
Donal Beecher ...
 James Maguire 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Butcher ...
Alan Cinis ...
 Auctioneer 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Corbett ...
...
 Poor Mary 2 episodes, 1998
Cormac Costello ...
...
 Mr. Costello 2 episodes, 1998
Margaret D'Arcy ...
 Mammy Amy 2 episodes, 1998
...
 Mary Costello 2 episodes, 1998
Conal De Huggard
Michael K. DeVaney ...
 Young Michael 2 episodes, 1998
...
...
Peter Driffield ...
Marcus Eyre ...
...
 Bridget Durack 2 episodes, 1998
...
Patrick Frost ...
 Clerk of Works 2 episodes, 1998
Sean Gilroy ...
 Father McAlroy 2 episodes, 1998
...
 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 ...
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
...
Elspeth MacTavish ...
 Mrs. Longman 2 episodes, 1998
Des McAleer ...
...
 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 ...
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
...
 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) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ruoholinnojen kuninkaat  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more 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 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.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page