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One Night the Moon (2001)

Based on the true story of a young girl who went missing in the Australian outback in 1932.


Rachel Perkins
10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaarin Fairfax ... Rose Ryan
Paul Kelly Paul Kelly ... Jim Ryan
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Albert Yang
Ruby Hunter Ruby Hunter ... Albert's Wife
Memphis Kelly Memphis Kelly ... Emily Ryan
Chris Haywood ... Sergeant
David Field ... Allman
Debra McKenzie Debra McKenzie ... Albert's Daughter
Beck Cole Beck Cole ... Women's Helper
Karina Turner Karina Turner ... Women's Helper
John Stuart-James John Stuart-James ... Priest (as Father John Stuart-James)
Letisha McKenzie Letisha McKenzie ... Albert's Family
Vincent Coulthard Vincent Coulthard ... Albert's Family
Annemarie Fatt Annemarie Fatt ... Albert's Family
Cliff Coulthard ... Albert's Family (as Clifford Coulthard)


The Australian Outback - 1932. Entranced by the moon, a young girl steps out of her bedroom window. When her parents check on her, she is gone. The police suggest aboriginal tracker Albert lead the search, but the father revolts - insisting - no black-fella is to set foot on my land. Instead, he gathers together as many white men as he can find, and conducts a line search across the desolate plains in search of the child. Albert watches helplessly as her every trace is stamped to dust. Sometime later, the daughter is still missing, and the mother makes a decision to take responsibility into her own hands, to reconcile the loss of her child. She goes to find Albert... Written by Anonymous

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This land is mine. This land is me. See more »


Drama | Musical | Mystery


Did You Know?


This film is based on the true story of Indigenous Australian Aboriginal tracker Alex Riley in Dubbo in the 1930s who was awarded the King's Medal for his services to the Police Force. See more »


Jim Ryan: This land is mine
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Referenced in One Night the Moon: Cast and Crew Interviews (2002) See more »


Moon Theme
Written by Mairead Hannan
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Excellent and beautiful
12 December 2001 | by taniaqSee all my reviews

"One Night the Moon" is quite possibly the best Australian movie I've seen since "Picnic at Hanging Rock".

It's a very short movie, exquisitely filmed to take advantage of the grandeur of Australian countryside (filmed in South Australia). The story is driven by music, rather than dialogue, but is more of an operatic movie than a musical (both in the emotional intensity of music as well as the theme of the story). I was very impressed with the music and acting (and they get good acting from Paul Kelly by making him sing as he is a musician rather than an actor).

Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Yhtenä yönä kuu nousi taivaalle See more »

Filming Locations:

Central Australia, Australia See more »

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