The highlight of this newsreel segment about Australian sheep is a model in woollen clothing walking down the catwalk with a huge ram by her side.
Listen to a Q&A with cast and crew members of the iconic Australian film Sunday Too Far Away.
With 125 million sheep spread across the country, and 90 thousand tons of lamb and 3 million tons of wool exported annually, Australia truly rode to prosperity on the sheep’s back.
It hasn’t rained for 18 months and 5,000 sheep have already perished. Farmer Max Russell is desperate to save his remaining flock and hands them over to a drover.
A close-up of a ‘modern stud’ sheep is shown to be the product of a ‘century’s breeding’.
A largely static wide shot of a typical Australian showground captures a sheepdog trainer and his sheepdog herding three sheep into a pen. Summary by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers.
As the shearing reaches full speed at Waratah Station, the overseer Fletcher (Les Warton) tells Clive Sherrington (John Warwick) to deliver a package from the car when he goes to see Morgan.
Wayne Ridgeway (Dick Fair, credited as Grant Lyndsay) has gone to work for Clive Sherrington (John Warwick), after recuperating from a horse fall at Enderby Station.
As the rescue party escorts the 3,000 sheep to safety, Clive (John Warwick), Joan (Jocelyn Howarth) and Wayne (Grant Lyndsay) are still caught in the fire.
A farmer pushes sheep underwater with a plunger as they pass through an arsenic sheep dip.
Summary by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers