Sunday Too Far Away
This story of a shearer’s strike in the 1950s stands as a landmark film in the re-emergence of Australian film production in the 1970s. The first feature produced by Matt Carroll and Gil Brealey for the newly formed South Australian Film Corporation, it sold internationally after it was invited into the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
For Australian director Ken Hannam, it was his first chance to direct a feature after many years in TV at home and abroad. Then there’s Jack Thompson, turning down a Hollywood offer, and choosing instead to take the central role in a low-budget local film that ended up changing his life. The supporting cast is rich with remarkable talent, especially Max Cullen and the veteran Reg Lye. As a portrait of a shearer’s life it is fabulous social history, and it’s a rousing story that is still thoroughly engaging.
CIFF will be screening a new restored version prepared by the NFSA from the film’s original negatives, and we will have some very special guests in attendance (to be announced).
A presentation of the NFSA Restores program
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