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The Love Letters from Teralba Road (1977)

A violent man (Bryan Brown), who ostensibly has a slight mental illness due to fillings in his teeth, continues to write letters to his estranged girlfriend, Kris McQuade. She sees that he ... See full summary »


Stephen Wallace


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Cast overview:
Kris McQuade ... Barbara
Bryan Brown ... Len
Gia Carides ... Maureen
Joy Hruby Joy Hruby ... Len's Mother
Kevin Leslie Kevin Leslie ... Barbara's Father
Ashe Venn Ashe Venn ... Norma
Don Chapman Don Chapman ... Foreman
Pat Jones Pat Jones ... Laura
Jim Grey Jim Grey ... Old Man
Stuart Green Stuart Green ... Steve


A violent man (Bryan Brown), who ostensibly has a slight mental illness due to fillings in his teeth, continues to write letters to his estranged girlfriend, Kris McQuade. She sees that he expresses himself more dearly in his letters and he is still quick tempered when they try to rekindle their relationship. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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29 December 1977 (Australia) See more »

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Bryan Brown in Conversation (2012) See more »

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where is Teralba Road?
16 August 2004 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

This debut film from Australian writer/director Stephen Wallace plays like a short, with a short running time, and varied success. Although Wallace extracts natural and charismatic performances from Kris McQuade and Bryan Brown, as a separated married couple trying to reconcile, the material is ultimately frustrating in its lack of ambition.

The set-up is that the husband Len, works in Newcastle, an industrial suburb north of Sydney, and the wife Barbara, lives with her father and sister in Sydney. Barbara wants Len to transfer from his (presumably) storeman's job to live with her, and the treatment is them working out the details. Her decision to take him back is influenced by flashbacks to Len beating her up, and though she has reservations when he visits, she seems to want him all the same.

The characters are presented as working class types who recreate at the pub, drinking and smoking, with irony added by the letters of the title, which Len writes to Barbara. (She writes back, but we don't hear her prose). She even acknowledges that the way he writes is different to how he speaks to her - he writes more formally and openly - however, in real life, Len is hardly a ape. It is suggested that his past violence behavior has been tempered.

Wallace presents what reads as improvised cinema verite, with the use of hand-held and subjective camera, and natural lighting. He repeats Barbara's beaten crying, and uses sound for flashback, and music under Len's letter narration. Like a lot of realist cinema, one's tolerance is tested by this approach, but one can forgive this first effort by someone in the era of the Australian film revival of the 1970's.

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