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Lilian's Story (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 September 1998 (USA)
For forty years Lilian Singer has been locked up in a 'loony bin' by her father. Her release is eventually secured by her eccentric Aunt Kitty and her brother, John. Lilian starts to carve ... See full summary »

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Jerzy Domaradzki

Writers:

Steve Wright (screenplay), Kate Grenville (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Cracknell Ruth Cracknell ... Lilian Singer
Barry Otto ... John Singer
Toni Collette ... Young Lilian Singer
John Flaus ... Frank
Jeff Truman ... Head Orderly
Lyle O'Hara Lyle O'Hara ... Esther
Kate Agnew Kate Agnew ... May
Fiona Press ... Ruby
Pat Hutchinson Pat Hutchinson ... Babs
Rachel Szalay Rachel Szalay ... Inmate One
Kris Bidenko Kris Bidenko ... Inmate Two
Janet Foye ... Inmate Three
Deborah Foster Deborah Foster ... Inmate Four
Iris Shand Iris Shand ... Aunt Kitty
Michael Greir Michael Greir ... Driver of Kitty's Cab
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Storyline

For forty years Lilian Singer has been locked up in a 'loony bin' by her father. Her release is eventually secured by her eccentric Aunt Kitty and her brother, John. Lilian starts to carve out a place for herself. As she explores Sydney and the people who live and work around her she sees others looking for love. Lilian shows us it is never too late to change your life and that even unusual choices can bring contentment. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia Liliany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,220, 28 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,220, 28 March 1999
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Movieco Australia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Ruth Cracknell, a Shakespearean actress and life long fan of William Shakespeare's knew the Shakespearean monologues she recited off by heart before the film was green lit. See more »

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Gorgeous Australian drama about a woman's lifelong struggles with mental illness and family relationships.
11 December 2006 | by igloomelt47See all my reviews

I don't agree with the other persons post, he/she is entitled to their opinion but i fell in love with this film. I adore Australian cinema and have always sort out the golden gems through the years since i was a teenager. This film came out at a time when i needed it! Lilian as the older woman portrayed struggles to cope with being out of hospital after a long period. Suffering from mental illness myself i identified with the feelings of isolation and depression portrayed. The flashbacks worked for me as i could connect with her as to why she may have ended up so scared and alone. I recommend this film if u want to see Toni Collettes earlier work and it is one of Ruth Cracknells final films and the haunting lines she utters still ring now! Not a masterpiece but a fine Australian production.


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