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The Fringe Dwellers (1986)

PG | | Drama | October 1986 (USA)
Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

Director:

Bruce Beresford
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristina Nehm ... Trilby Comeaway
Justine Saunders Justine Saunders ... Mollie Comeaway
Bob Maza Bob Maza ... Joe Comeaway
Kylie Belling Kylie Belling ... Noonah Comeaway
Denis Walker Denis Walker ... Bartie Comeaway
Ernie Dingo ... Phil
Malcolm Silva Malcolm Silva ... Charlie
Marlene Bell Marlene Bell ... Hannah
Michelle Torres Michelle Torres ... Audrena
Michele Miles Michele Miles ... Blanchie
Oodgeroo Noonuccal ... Eva (as Kath Walker)
Bill Sandy Bill Sandy ... Skippy
Maureen Watson Maureen Watson ... Rene
Robert Ugle Robert Ugle ... Tim
Alan Dargin Alan Dargin ... Bruce
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Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

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You'll remember it for a long, long time . . . [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aux frontières de la ville See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,940, 25 January 1987

Gross USA:

$149,440
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The works of art that the teacher shows Bartie Comeaway are by the Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959). He was a Western Arrernte man from the Western MacDonnell Ranges area in central Australia. He is perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter. His main works were watercolours of the Australian outback desert landscapes. See more »


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The True History of Australia
29 June 2019 | by StewyMoviesSee all my reviews

This movie is quite possibly my favourite Australian movie of all time. It is a tragic and funny and joyous encapsulation of a time now gone...thankfully in many respects. It strongly illustrates the historical disadvantage that most indigenous Australian families come from and how the transition to a modern lifestyle and a quest for inclusion is not so easy...the ties that bind are strong in the indigenous community but they can also hold back. There is plenty of fascinating imagery and even anthropologye in this movie...the scenes of the moving truck are amazing, funny and beautiful, as are the suburban home life scenes around 'the kitchen table'...the bush community scenes and township scenes are of a time long gone but fascinating to watch for any Australian...same for the people and faces too. Ernie Dingo is one who now holds an iconic place in Australian culture, his smile and acting bring some timelessness to this movie too. But the central theme for me is family, a prominent feature of indigenous culture...the characters in this move love each other and do their best to stick together against the odds and they are always there for each other no matter the disappointments. The indigenous cast of this movie successfully convey these themes of family and connection, strength and resilience...amazing people the first Australians...but for this movie, it is great acting and believable stuff. If you aren't moved by this movie then you are not alive....the true history of Australia and a massively underrated classic of Australian cinema. Thank you Bruce Beresford and Sue Milliken for making this movie...it may not be your most successful work but it is probably your most important.


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