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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannielle Hall ...
Lena
Damian Pitt ...
Vaughn
Jenna Lee Connors ...
Ty
Terry Dahlstron ...
Man with headphones
Wayne Dargin ...
Boy at service station
Shane Dargin ...
Boy at service station
...
Boy at service station
Aaron Robinson ...
Boy at service station
Mundurra Weldon ...
Liam
Athol French ...
Kevy
Jamalla Carr ...
Girl with pram
Samuel Barker ...
Baby in pram
Ben Paparo ...
Male police officer
Lila Fisher ...
Female police officer
Kevin Pitt ...
Lena's stepdad (Smiley)
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The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from. To Vaughn, Lena embodies the society that has rejected him. And for a very short amount of time, they experience a rare true happiness together. Written by leask81 <leask81@hotmail.com>

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Actor Damian Pitt had no previous acting experience and was spotted by director Ivan Sen in Moree in a group of 20 boys. Sen said he "had the perfect look". See more »

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Streets of Tamworth
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Written by Harry Williams
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Tips for non-Australian viewers
21 December 2003 | by (Bendigo, Australia) – See all my reviews

I have little to add to the excellent reviews above. Tarkovsky? Tykwer? No wonder I loved it. I shall go away and have a good think about those connections.

My contribution is a bit of information about Australian aboriginals that may help non-Australians appreciate this exquisite movie.

1. It is normal for Australian aboriginals to take a while to speak to each other (or anyone) if they are strangers. When thinking about this I compared the film to Eric Rohmer and to Iranian films about young people. Iranians and Rohmer characters chatter endlessly about trivia but the powerful effect of the movie creeps up on you in the same way.

2. It is easy to miss the moment in which Vaughan discovers that Lena is Aboriginal. This is an important turning point in the film. To avoid spoiling I'll only give you a tip. An older person is involved and there is no discussion. If you watch for it you will see it.


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