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Release Date:
29 March 1998 (Australia) See more »
A Saga of Hatred and Tragedy, Wealth and Romance . . . (DVD)
The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the second half of the 19th century.
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Rafe Andrews ... M. P. (aged 7) (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
John Woods (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Mary Durack (unknown episodes)
Tony Morphett (unknown episodes)

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

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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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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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