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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 16 Jun 1975 /
||Director: Ken Hannam,
||Synopsis: 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.
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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
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
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
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
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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