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Jessica (2004)

Young Jessica is sent to a mental asylum by her rotten family on a false pretense. Her only chance is a down-on-his-luck boozing lawyer.

Director:

Peter Andrikidis

Writers:

Bryce Courtenay (novel), Peter Yeldham
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leeanna Walsman ... Jessica Bergman
Lisa Harrow ... Hester Bergman
Sam Neill ... Richard Runche
Tony Martin ... Joe Bergman
Megan Cooper Megan Cooper ... Meg Bergman (as Megan Dorman)
John Howard ... George Thomas
Oliver Ackland ... Jack Thomas
Wil Traval ... Billy Simple
Natasha Wanganeen ... Mary Simpson
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Mrs. Baker
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Ada Thomas
Huw Higginson ... Prosecuter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Andrikidis George Andrikidis ... Blacksmith
David Baldwin David Baldwin ... Magistrate
Simon Chilvers ... Judge
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Storyline

Jessica is a member of poor farming family in Yanco NSW, she is a tomboy farmgirl who has her eyes on the rich farmer in the area Jack. Their romance is soon killed thanks to her nasty mother that insists Meg (Jessica's sister) seduces Jack, and fakes a pregnancy to trick Jack into marring her. Little do the family know that Jessica is actually pregnant to Jack. Once they find out Jessica is pregnant out of wedlock they hide her away from the town. To prove Meg has a baby they steal Jessica's newborn baby and send Jessica away to a mental asylum where she is locked away for years. She writes to a lawyer in hopes to gain her freedom and get her baby back.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2004 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Apomeinaria enos erota See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Power,Powercorp See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Lisa Harrow and Sam Neill also worked together on the Final Conflict See more »

Quotes

Jessica Bergman: You can have a drink. Just one drink.
[gives him a bottle]
Richard Runche: [throws it away] It's never just one! Thank you.
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27 December 2003 | by AstrayLianaSee all my reviews

Though I only had an extra part I can highly recommend this film as a superb drama. A true story set in colonial Australia in the early 1900's. A very good adaptation of Bryce Courtenay's book "Jessica" (well worth the read) to the screen. Leanna Walsman gives a powerful performance in the title role and Sam Neill as the rummy solicitor gives a fine portrayal, while you'll love to hate Lisa Harrow's character of Jessica's mother, Hester. The realism brought to this film by the excellent cast makes for some very unnerving scenes, especially in the insane asylum. Filmed on locations in and around New South Wales and Sydney.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ! !


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