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Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

07 May

94m; Australia

Director: Ken Hannam

Cast:  Jack Thompson, Max Cullen and Robert Bruning

Synopsis (Wikipedia): The film is set on a sheep station in the Australian outback in 1955 and its action concentrates on the shearers’ reactions to a threat to their bonuses and the arrival of non-union labour.

Acclaimed for its understated realism of the work, camaraderie and general life of the shearer, Jack Thompson plays the knock-about Foley, a heavy drinking gun shearer (talented professional sheep shearer), and while he makes a play for the station owner’s daughter Sheila (Lisa Peers), the film is a presentation of various aspects of Australian male culture and not a romance; the film’s title itself is reputedly the lament of a shearer’s wife, ‘Friday night too tired; Saturday night too drunk; Sunday, too far away’.

 

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