40th Anniversary Screening
The London Australian Film Festival are proud to present a special 40th anniversary screening of Gillian Armstrong’s (Oscar & Lucinda) masterful feature debut, which has been stunningly restored by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive.
A free-spirited young woman growing up in late 19th century Australia, Sybylla (Judy Davis, Passage to India, The Dressmaker) is determined to be a writer, and dreams of a life beyond her family’s quiet country farm.
Sent to board with her grandmother and learn proper manners and behaviour, she finds herself falling for well-to-do childhood friend Harry Beecham (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park). Resisting both his charm and various efforts to force her into conforming to gender expectations, Sybylla is determined to ignore her heart & stay on her own path.
Produced by Margaret Fink and adapted for the screen by Eleanor Witcombe (from Miles Franklin’s classic semi-autobiographical novel), and providing breakthrough roles for Davis and Neill, this landmark of Australian cinema traces the burgeoning career of a woman who bucked all the conventions to become one of Australia’s most respected authors.
“a powerful rumination on atavistic Australia, sexism and classism, and a sensitive portrait of a woman destined to think outside the box.” – Luke Buckmaster (Guardian)
A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only
FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM
After revisiting this film, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s not hard to see why its two lead actors have had such amazing careers & why this film set Cannes abuzz at its debut – Davis & Neill absolutely fizz off the screen thanks to Gillian Armstrong’s amazing direction.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 100 mins
- GILLIAN ARMSTRONG
- JUDY DAVIS, SAM NEILL