Jack Thompson, who played Clancy in the 1982 movie adaptation, reads Banjo Paterson's 'The Man from Snowy River' at the Hotel Gearin in Katoomba, NSW. His reading was recorded by Glenys Rowe for Fine Poets.
Thompson has long had a love of the bush and bush poetry. In 1955, before his 15th birthday, his father secured him a job on a cattle station in the Northern Territory where he was captivated by droving. A number of his most celebrated movies, like Wake In Fright (1971) and Sunday Too Far Away (1975), have been located in the outback.
But his love for bush poetry came much earlier when, as a seven-year-old boy, he was introduced by his teacher to Banjo Paterson's 'The Man from Ironbark'. Since then, Thompson has read Banjo Paterson's poems at a number of festivals.