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The Leaving of Liverpool (1992)

Two English children are uprooted from their beloved Liverpool dockside to the alien environment of Australia in the years following World War Two.

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Kevin Knapman ... Bert (as Kevin Jones)
... Lily
... Ellen, Lily's mother
... Harry
... Father O'Neill
Martin Jacobs ... Brother Matthew
Frank Whitten ... Brother Jerome
David Kaff ... Wilson
Darren Yap ... David
... Mrs. Lang
... Mr. Symonds
Gary Henshaw ... Alf
Walter Brown ... Bishop
Jai Kemp ... Bonesy
Peter Braunstein ... Country Doctor
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Two English children are uprooted from their beloved Liverpool dockside to the alien environment of Australia in the years following World War Two.

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Truly gripping and sad but Australian not British production
3 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is certainly a gripping drama, though I doubt that Britons can be proud of it as, although it does feature two fine British actors in the lead roles, it is an Australian production with mostly Australian cast and almost totally Australian crew and completely Australian post production at ABC TV studio in Sydney. Yes the BBC did help fund the project and has a Co-Producer credit but to claim it as a British production is a complete mistake. Australian producers, directors, cinematographer, sound, editing, sound post production and facilities. An interesting side note is that the Austrlaian producer, Steven Knapman, adopted the Keven, who plays 'Bert' with such tragic realism. The production could only skim the surface of some of the real deprivation and brutality suffered in the ill-conceived child migration scheme that ran from the late 1930's through to the 1970s.


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