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7:30PM - 27th Oct 2018

A presentation of the NFSA Restores program

With Jack Thompson, Reg Lye, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning, John Ewart, Sean Scully.

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 the 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.

 Following the screening, members of the film’s cast and crew will be present for Q&A, including cinematographer Geoff Burton and co-producer Matt Carroll.




Geoff Burton began his career in cinematography at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1963 with a strong interest in documentary film production. By the early seventies, after a short period freelancing in Europe, he joined in the renaissance of the Australian feature film industry by photographing his first feature film, Sunday too Far Away, and has worked as cinematographer, director, writer or producer on around fifty feature films since then. Whilst remaining a strong advocate for the maintenance of a national Australian cinema, Burton has worked extensively overseas, particularly in South East Asia, his preferred part of the world. The production company that Burton set up with his partner Sharon Bell in 1975 continues to develop and produce documentary films in Asia and Australia. Film education and gender equality within the film and television industries have been strongly supported by Burton throughout his career including heading the Cinematography Department at AFTRS for several years. He delights in the successes currently being achieved by former students and crew members as the new creative cohort of Australian cinematographers make their mark. These days he is mostly found on the family vineyard near Canberra where he continues to pursue the perfect Shiraz for the Gundog Estate wine label.