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Dead Letter Office (1998)

Alice's father left when she was a child. She continued to share her life with him in letters that she sent not realising that he never received them. Eventually, they all come back with "... See full summary »


John Ruane


Deborah Cox (as Deb Cox)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Banit ... Young Alice
Tess Mornana Tess Mornana ... Young Alice (voice)
Mariette Carey Mariette Carey ... Miss Harris
Miranda Otto ... Alice Walsh
Nicholas Bell ... Kevin
Georgina Naidu ... Mary
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Peter
George DelHoyo ... Frank Lopez
Malcolm Singh Malcolm Singh ... Victor
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Youth
Jane Hall Jane Hall ... Heather
Jillian O'Dowd ... Lizzy
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Gardening Woman
Carole Fraser Carole Fraser ... Aboriginal Woman
Guillermina Ulloa Guillermina Ulloa ... Lucia


Alice's father left when she was a child. She continued to share her life with him in letters that she sent not realising that he never received them. Eventually, they all come back with "Dead Letter Office" stamped on the front. As an adult, she becomes consumed with a desire to find him and takes a job with the Dead Letter Office, convinced that she can use them to fulfill her romantic notions of a reunion with her father. What awaits her at the DLO is far more than that ... Written by Peter Webb <tjebi@mpx.com.au>

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A story of love and lost letters


Comedy | Drama | Romance






English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 August 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Letter Office - Adresse unbekannt See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real life father and daughter Barry Otto and Miranda Otto also appear as father and daughter in this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three scenes missing from the R4 Australian DVD release. Scene 1: 5secs After Kevin says to Frank Alice is here for the interview Peter cracks a joke to Mary about not being paid more to come here. Scene 2: 1min 20secs After Frank phones Alice to say she has the job we see Kevin show Alice a locked room where all the undeliverable items are kept. Kevin shows Alice his favourite item; a crystal ball. Alice picks up a toy swinging bird and then notices a small urn. Kevin says even Frank couldn't find the recipient for it. Finally they go out and Alice notices a wedding photograph. Kevin says that they don't know how Frank cracked it. He was invited to the wedding after uniting the owners with the wedding ring. This scene is a precursor to the later scene where Frank organizes a group effort to unite a owner with a baby gift. Scene 3: 54secs After Alice checks the Microfiche for the name Urquhart she hears a thud coming from a distant room. She goes to where the noise came from and finds Frank in a large warehouse room with racks of boxes filled with lost mail. Alice says she didn't know there was more. Frank says they get 2,000 a week. Finally Frank says that this job is not a career. Alice says she knows and it's not what she's after. This scene introduces the warehouse room where later in the film you see Alice secretly watch Frank dance without him noticing her. See more »

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One of those warm, fuzzy movies
6 February 2005 | by grunselSee all my reviews

If the Australian Post Office ever needed a promotional film for recruitment then this is it.This is one of those movies who's heart is in the right place and you can watch again and again. Miranda's performance is touching as it shows an aspect of Australia unimagined by many Europeans, in that it can be cold, wet and bleak, just like anywhere else and just like anywhere else what is important is the people that surrounds you. The characters in the movie are warm and welcoming and make the prospect of a career move into a 'dead letter office' a thought to be considered. Miranda has gone on to do bigger movies, but I hope she always keeps a thought inside for this one?.

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