The Getting of Wisdom
At a Melbourne ladies’ boarding school in the 1900s, wide-eyed student Laura Tweedle Rambotham comes of age.
This screening is introduced by costume designer Anna Senior (The Odd Angry Shot, Breaker Morant, Phar Lap), followed by a discussion on designing for the screen.
‘The Getting of Wisdom is probably the most personal film that Beresford has made, and one of his best … The school becomes a microcosm of Australia in the Victorian era, and Beresford is merciless in his depiction of its shortcomings. In fact, the film can be seen as an extension of the biting satire of Don’s Party, and the Bazza McKenzie films, but with a more dramatic tone. The casting of Barry Humphries as the Reverend Strachey – even if the role is played completely straight – adds to the sense that Beresford was trying to keep at least a hint of satire about the film.’ - Paul Byrnes, australianscreen.
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A lobby card from the 1977 theatrical release of The Getting of Wisdom, depicting Kerry Armstrong as Kate, Sigrid Thornton as Maria, Kim Deacon as Lilith and Susannah Fowles as Laura, features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.