Based on the book of the same name by Jeannie (Mrs Aeneas) Gunn OBE (1870-1961). Although entitled "A Novel", the book, published in 1908, was really a recreation of actual events. The book became an Australian classic, and was used in schools, and translated into German. See more »
Excellent portrait of a 19th century white woman trying to cope in the Australian outback.
Despite its rather rambling structure, this is movie is a great achievement - as a portrait of a 19th century, white Australian woman trying to cope with life in the outback. It's beautifully photographed, written and acted, with the exception of the male lead, who is astoundingly miscast. Such a shame, as otherwise this would have been a completely absorbing and accurate depiction of conditions faced by a woman, married to a typical man of the land; the only white woman in a very male world, and inn a world in which indigenous people are treated as third class citizens. I recommend this to schools and educators and to film historians - as an example of how to make a great movie with not much money and a lot of commitment. See the extras on the DVD - even in those, the male lead reveals himself to be completely out of step with the spirit of the film.
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