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The Ballad of Betty & Joe (2009)

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Every morning Betty tramps alone through the city to join her fellow buskers in the pedestrian tunnel below, trying to earn a living. But her earnings are meager and to make things worse, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alice Ansara ...
Betty
Tony Barry ...
Joe
Betty Lucas ...
The Fortune Teller
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Mic Conway ...
Cowboy Busker (as Mick Conway)
Eden Falk ...
Blind Busker
Alec Morgan ...
Damian Rebgetz ...
Handsome Young Man
Helen Thearle ...
Glamorous Busker
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Every morning Betty tramps alone through the city to join her fellow buskers in the pedestrian tunnel below, trying to earn a living. But her earnings are meager and to make things worse, the new security guard, Joe, is trying to confiscate her fiddle. While Betty dreams of fame and fortune, Joe dreams of earplugs - something's got to give. Written by Martha Ansara

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Alone in the big city, Betty dreams of fame and fortune...

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14 January 2009 (Australia)  »

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AUD 42,500 (estimated)
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Australian personal production short.
26 February 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Pleasant enough little production - the villainous mud puddle that swallows the younger Ansara's flower is a particularly nice touch. The fiddle playing country girl sets up among the buskers in the Sydney Central Railway pedestrian tunnel. Her woes include more glamorous cellist Joy, who takes all her business and hovering station security man Barry.

The up beat climax is welcome if predictable. The writer-director swears she saw it actually happen.

Video production achieves a presentable standard, involving local heavyweights Tom (Journey Among Women, Winter of Our Dreams) Cowan on camera and a score by Jan Preston (Skin Deep).

Before Tropfest, one of these would have been an event.


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