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Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 June 1975 (Australia)
A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Director:

Ken Hannam

Writer:

John Dingwall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Foley
Max Cullen ... Tim King
Robert Bruning Robert Bruning ... Tom
Jerry Thomas Jerry Thomas ... Basher
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Arthur Black
John Ewart ... Ugly
Sean Scully Sean Scully ... Beresford
Reg Lye ... Old Garth
Laurie Rankin Laurie Rankin ... Station hand
Lisa Peers Lisa Peers ... Sheila Dawson
Gregory Apps ... Michael Simpson
Doug Lihou Doug Lihou ... Rousie
Ken Weaver Ken Weaver ... Quinn
Curt Jansen Curt Jansen ... Wentworth
Phyllis Ophel Phyllis Ophel ... Ivy
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A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Friday night... too tired. Saturday night... too drunk. Sunday... too far away. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1975 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A vasárnap messze van See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD271,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Second lead starring role in a theatrical feature film for actor Jack Thompson. Thompson's first was Petersen (1974). See more »

Alternate Versions

A two hour director's cut played at the Sydney Film Festival, 1 June 1975. See more »

Connections

Referenced in South Australia: Ocean to Outback (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY
Written by Bob Ellis
Performed by Jack Thompson
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Another Hidden Aussie Gem
5 July 2001 | by Sonatine97See all my reviews

Sunday Too Far Away (STFA) is one of those movies that all but disappeared on its initial release in the UK during the late 70s in spite of the late resurgence of Aussie films at that time which included Picnic At Hanging Rock.

STFA is hard, tough & grim movie, set on a sheep shearing farming community in the Australian Outback. The little town is dependant on sheep to keep their bleak economy ticking over but when for the men who have to spend 9 or 10 hours a day in back-breaking conditions shearing the sheep life is tough and the money relatively poor.

So when the leader of the shearing gang, Foley (a truly brilliant performance by the much underrated Jack Thomson) demands a pay increase for his team the owners try to bring in scab labour from out of town, which only causes friction amongst the shearing crews, the owners and the townspeople.

So that's the story, but what is so marvellous about the film is the conditions the men have to work in; that they have to compete with each other with scoreboards kept on display so that rivals can see who has shorn how many sheep per day. Foley is the Sheep King but he has to fight to retain the crown with up & coming farmers ready to take it from him.

And then once their work is finished there's very little left for them to do apart from drinking beer in the bar or sitting out in the shade swatting flies and talking about women or a better life.

It truly is a bleak suffocating film, especially with the hot sun & the stifling heat the men work under. Just watching the movie made me feel clammy & tense. And yet the movie is excellent on all levels, not only with the routine storyline, but also with the characters and the cinematography.

Director, Ken Hannam, does a superb job moving the film the along at either a very lethargic pace (to suit the mood & feel at the time) or he steps up a gear when the men are at their work shearing the bemused sheep.

With this kind of simple storyline you'd be forgiven for thinking it could ever be interesting. But think again because this is the old Australia where life was tough in the Outback.

I recommend it highly.

****/*****


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