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Beneath Clouds (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 2002 (Australia)
Lena is the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn is a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport.


Ivan Sen


Ivan Sen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannielle Hall Dannielle Hall ... Lena
Damian Pitt Damian Pitt ... Vaughn
Jenna Lee Connors Jenna Lee Connors ... Ty
Terry Dahlstron Terry Dahlstron ... Man with headphones
Wayne Dargin Wayne Dargin ... Boy at service station
Shane Dargin Shane Dargin ... Boy at service station
Marshall Bell ... Boy at service station
Aaron Robinson Aaron Robinson ... Boy at service station
Mundurra Weldon Mundurra Weldon ... Liam
Athol French Athol French ... Kevy
Jamalla Carr Jamalla Carr ... Girl with pram
Samuel Barker Samuel Barker ... Baby in pram
Ben Paparo Ben Paparo ... Male police officer
Lila Fisher Lila Fisher ... Female police officer
Kevin Pitt Kevin Pitt ... Lena's stepdad (Smiley)


The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from. To Vaughn, Lena embodies the society that has rejected him. And for a very short amount of time, they experience a rare true happiness together. Written by leask81 <leask81@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

23 May 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Felhők mögött See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actor Damian Pitt had no previous acting experience and was spotted by director Ivan Sen in Moree in a group of 20 boys. Sen said he "had the perfect look". See more »


Referenced in Ten Canoes: Interview with Rolf De Heer (2007) See more »


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("Streets of Old Fitzroy")
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Deceptively simple
2 June 2002 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

This is a deceptively simple story of two young people, both on the run, meeting up on a rural New South Wales road. Both are aboriginal and both are, for family reasons, headed for Sydney. Nothing particularly dramatic happens but there is enough incident to keep the viewer watching, and perhaps see life as it is for alienated young blacks in contemporary Australia.

The director, Ivan Sen, has a strong visual sense, and he captures the land with breathtaking vistas (he also wrote much of the music). It is not the outback, it is the central west New South Wales of big commercial farming – cotton, sunflowers and corn, yet even the big farms are dwarfed by their surroundings. The young couple proceeds through this magnificent landscape beneath the clouds of the title preoccupied by their own problems, though the boy (Damien Pitt) is angrily aware that this is the land taken from his forbears. She (Danielle Hall) on the other hand rejects her Aboriginal background and focuses on her Irish father and the green misty land he came from.

The dialogue is pretty sparse and the delivery often a little wooden but the two leads express the emotions required more than adequately. Their relationship could not be further from a conventional teen romance, rather they are two emotionally stunted people who come to realise they can still care for someone else.

As for the rest, there are the inevitable black brothers in clapped out HQ Holdens, a just cruisin' but still hassled by the police, and plenty of hostile or merely patronising whites. One old white man (Arthur Dignam) does give them a lift but most whites give our couple a wide berth. I thought the story required a little more development; the film describes a situation rather than tells a story, but it does so with great simplicity and honesty. It's a cliché I know, but I await Ivan Sen's next work with great interest – he's a considerable talent.

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