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Kangaroo Palace (1997)

The story of four young Australians trying their luck in 1960's London.

Director:

Robert Marchand

Writers:

Deb Cox (as Deborah Cox), Andrew Knight
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Catherine Macaleese
John Polson ... Richard Turner
Rebecca Gibney ... Heather Randall
Jeremy Sims ... Jack Gill
Jonathan Firth ... Terence Foster-Burrowes
Jerome Ehlers ... Simon Seymour
Josephine Byrnes ... Ann
Alison Whyte ... Barbara
Kim Gyngell ... Spider
Susanne Chapman Susanne Chapman ... Sandy
Susie Edmonds Susie Edmonds ... Lillian
Jim Daly ... Ted Rowlands
Alexandra Sangster Alexandra Sangster ... Lucy
Jan Frazer Jan Frazer ... Mrs. Turner
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Mr. Turner

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Storyline

In 1966, Catherine Macaleese (Jacqueline McKenzie) is counting the days until she meets her father, a distant childhood memory, and starts a new life with him in England. Heather Randall (Rebecca Gibney) is Catherine's cousin and closest friend who puts her marriage plans on hold to travel on the Oriana. Richard Turner (John Polson), an aspiring journalist, decides to try his luck on Fleet Street, and promises his fiancée, Sandy, that he will return in a few months. Jack Gill (Jeremy Sims), heading along a path of self-destruction, embarks on the journey at the last minute. On board, Jack disappears with the group's money and the trio arrive penniless. The only contact they have is a friend of Jack's, the mysterious Terence Foster-Burrows (Jonathan Firth). He shows little surprise for their predicament and offers them rooms in the Palace.

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Drama

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If you loved "The Dish" you HAVE to check this out!!!
19 January 2001 | by joel-113See all my reviews

Kangaroo Palace was one of those films (ok, technically its a mini series) that never leaves you when its over. This is one of the best Australian TV productions I have seen.

The story follows three young Australians travelling to London in the time of the swinging sixties. One wants adventure, one wants a career, and one wants to escape his fiance - just for a while - to make it on his own.

Starring the beautiful Jackie McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea, Romper Stomper) and Rebecca Gibney (Halifax MD, Flying Doctors) its really the story of boy meets girl, only to have her break his heart.

This might not sound anything new, but to anyone who has travelled and experienced love and loss whilst away from home, can really be touched by this film. Add to the fact that I once was in love with a girl very much like Jackie McKenzie's character, and experienced the same sort of loss, it has a personal significance to me.

Set in the 60s, and with some wonderful Aussie characters (not at all stereotypical) the comparison to The Dish is obvious. Great people, great music, great times.

Watch it, love it.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1997 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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