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Director:
Writers:
Mary Durack (book)
Tony Morphett (writer)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
29 March 1998 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Saga of Hatred and Tragedy, Wealth and Romance . . . (DVD)
Plot:
The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the second half of the 19th century.
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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A stirring tale to make all Australians feel good, or anybody else who has ever migrated. See more (1 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [53])
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)

Imelda Corcoran ... Poor Mary (2 episodes, 1998)
Cormac Costello ... Skinner (2 episodes, 1998)

Max Cullen ... Mr. Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Margaret D'Arcy ... Mammy Amy (2 episodes, 1998)

Essie Davis ... Mary Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Conal De Huggard (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael K. DeVaney ... Young Michael (2 episodes, 1998)

Stephen Dillane ... Patsy (2 episodes, 1998)

Ernie Dingo ... Jimmy (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Driffield ... Vicar (2 episodes, 1998)
Marcus Eyre ... Fruin (2 episodes, 1998)

Fionnula Flanagan ... Bridget Durack (2 episodes, 1998)

James Fox ... 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)

Nick Jasprizza ... 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)

Susan Lynch ... Sarah (2 episodes, 1998)
Elspeth MacTavish ... Mrs. Longman (2 episodes, 1998)
Des McAleer ... Michael (2 episodes, 1998)

Peter McDonald ... Game Keeper (2 episodes, 1998)

T.P. McKenna ... Lord Dunraven (2 episodes, 1998)
Ingrid Menge ... Kate McInnes (2 episodes, 1998)
Stanley Mirindo ... Dinnakin (2 episodes, 1998)

Sharon Mitchell ... 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)

Ritchie Singer ... Mr. Emanuel (2 episodes, 1998)

Carl Snell ... J. W. (aged 5) (2 episodes, 1998)
Maggie Steed ... Mrs. Costello (2 episodes, 1998)
Gary Vincent ... Photographer (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Directed by
John Woods (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Writing credits
Mary Durack (2 episodes, 1998)
Tony Morphett (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Paul D. Barron .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Irene Dobson .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Jan Tyrrell .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Original Music by
Shaun Davey (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Garrick (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Art Direction by
Donna Brown (2 episodes, 1998)
Michelle McGahey (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lisa Elvy (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Costume Design by
Louise Wakefield (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joan Hills .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Production Management
Sally Ayre-Smith .... production manager (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Art Department
Simon Clayton .... assistant scenic artist (2 episodes, 1998)
Sarah Light .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1998)
Phil Shearer .... illustrator (2 episodes, 1998)
Noel Walsh .... property master (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Sound Department
Ray Cross .... sound (2 episodes, 1998)
Robert 'Gotch' Cutcher .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1998)
Mark Franken .... sound supervisor: adr (2 episodes, 1998)
Dino Giacomin .... sound supervisor: adr (2 episodes, 1998)
Tracey Grimshaw .... foley artist (2 episodes, 1998)
Ross Linton .... sound (2 episodes, 1998)
Alan Lyons .... sound (2 episodes, 1998)
Rory Martin .... assistant sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1998)
Gavin Myers .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 1998)
Fabian Sanjurjo .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1998)
Robert Sullivan .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1998)
Steve Witherow .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Clarke .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1998)
Gavin Wild .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1998)
Philippe Zone .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eoin O'Hagan .... gaffer: Ireland (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Casting Department
Jane Arnell .... casting: Ireland/UK (2 episodes, 1998)
Susie Maizells .... casting: Australia (2 episodes, 1998)
Alanna Perry .... extras casting (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meg Gordon .... costume buyer (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Location Management
Manus Hingerty .... location manager (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Music Department
Karl Akers .... music engineer (2 episodes, 1998)
Mark Armstrong .... orchestrator (2 episodes, 1998)
Kim Lord .... music engineer (2 episodes, 1998)
Chris White .... music engineer (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Other crew
Anne Masterton .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Paul Ranford .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1998)
 

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USA:200 min (DVD)
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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 »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A stirring tale to make all Australians feel good, or anybody else who has ever migrated., 9 June 2002
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

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.

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