'You can bid the mob good day'

A man rides a horse down a perilous slope
Title:
'You can bid the mob good day'
NFSA ID:
488737
Year:
1982
Courtesy:
Geoff Burrowes
Category:
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Perhaps the most iconic image from the movie, as Jim (Tom Burlinson) rides his horse down a sheer cliff in pursuit of the mob of brumbies.

It is also the key moment in Banjo Paterson’s poem. As Harrison (Kirk Douglas) and the other riders baulk at the precipitous cliff, Harrison says, 'You can bid the mob good day’ – a line taken directly from the poem – only to have Jim hurtle past them all and over the edge, showing off his mountain-riding skills.

Burlinson had little riding experience and was taught by Charlie Lovick for the film. Despite occasional rumours to the contrary, Burlinson performed all his own horseriding in the film – including this famous ride down the mountain.