Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells of the story of a runaway who escapes to the river to work on a paddle-boat ...
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Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells of the story of a runaway who escapes to the river to work on a paddle-boat steamer and his friendship with an old salt captain played by Bill Kerr. Based on an original novel by Max Fatchen.Written by
Director Donald Crombie's involvement at an early stage opened the doors for producer Rob George who said: "Once you get Donald, you get all the right people." Crombie also acted as script editor, while Geroge tapped away, using money from the SAFIAC (South Australian Film and TV Industry Advisory Committee) development grant. See more »
Zippy mini-series that spans a generation of hardship happiness and hope.
Inevitably a powerful and emotional tale of a young boy growing to manhood along the banks of Australia's great Murray River. The latter provides the gritty backdrop to the lives of the Hofner family, young Shawn in particular, as in his young adult years he struggles to save the family from poverty and further misfortune.
Beautifully rendered, the audience shares in the family's sadness, humor and unexpected drama. Robert George brilliantly adapted the screenplay from the original novel by Max Fatchen. This is the type of series that Australia does so well and it was a major ratings winner during its original screening. An edited "movie version" is available in some countries on video, but not to my knowledge on DVD as yet.
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