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The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 August 1977 (Australia)
Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

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Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Eleanor Witcombe (screenplay), Henry Handel Richardson (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Blake ... Isabella Shepherd
Dorothy Bradley Dorothy Bradley ... Miss Hicks
Kay Eklund Kay Eklund ... Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild ... Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl Jan Friedl ... Miss Snodgrass
Diana Greentree Diana Greentree ... Maisie Shepherd
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Sarah
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Miss Day
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Tom McNamara
Kerry Armstrong ... Kate
Celia De Burgh Celia De Burgh ... M.P.
Kim Deacon Kim Deacon ... Lilith
Alix Longman ... Chinky
Jo-Anne Moore Jo-Anne Moore ... Tilly
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Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to the screen, Laura Tweedle Rambotham (Susannah Fowle). Written by Anonymous

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Flowering inside a perfectly ordinary girl is a totally extraordinary woman. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A bölcsesség elnyerése See more »

Filming Locations:

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This filmed adaptation of 'The Getting of Wisdom' novel by Henry Handel Richardson was made and released about sixty-eight years after the novel had been first published in 1910. See more »

Quotes

Lilith: [Laura enters her assigned bedroom in the school and meets Lilith Gordon, who spies Laura holding a cake tin, which Lilith grabs and opens and sees glace cherries on the cake. She commences to eat them] Ohh, scrummy!
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Soundtracks

Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
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Music by Robert Schumann
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Just like to add
9 December 2004 | by steatodaSee all my reviews

Just like to add that the movie was based on a book by a turn of last century feminist Australian writer called Ethel Florence Robertson who wrote under the psedoymn of Henry Handel Richardson. She herself went through a similar experience in her childhood due to her brash nature and musical ability and also the death of her father at a young age. Her sexual orientation and particularly her relation with an old school friend was controversial. It's a funny little story and i think anyone who has been in a situation where they had a different family or social background will relate to it. Not a "wower" but it does give the audience a sense of life going on despite all that people may do.

Just a bit of background information for all who would like to know


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