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Chauvel’s intergenerational western depicts the challenges facing a Queensland farming family across decades. It’s a charming and exciting film that holds up well, 70 years after it was made.
A native Queenslander himself, Chauvel and wife Elsa adapted two biographical works from farming pioneer Bernard O’Reilly, and began shooting in Beaudesert in 1947. Chauvel captured cyclones, drought and flooding rains – much of which his crew actually experienced across the year of this film’s production.
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