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||IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 from PG votes
||Release: 01 Feb 1979 /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama
||Director: John Power,
||Stars: Comedy, Drama
||Synopsis: At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ...
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Few are better qualified than Joan Long to tell this, a story of the trials
and tribulation of early Australian cinema. A renown film historian, she
based the film on the recollections of real-life picture show man Lyle
but also draws on the rich knowledge of the era she gained by rediscovering
and interviewing many of its leading players.
Travelling picture showmen were once common in Australia. Living out of
caravans or even tents, they serviced the rural areas that did not yet have
their own permanent cinemas, often providing variety acts as part of the
The film's tone is somewhat reminiscent of these early films. The story is
delineated (and performed) in the same broad strokes as every Australian
classic from 'Dad and Dave' to 'The Castle'. All the usual characters are
present - the uneasy young man, the eager young tomboy who can't bear to
like a proper young lady, the shifty villian. Yet the simple, enjoyable
story is studded with authentic period details such as how films were
presented to country audiences, and ultimately the effect that the coming
sound had on the phenomenon of the travelling showman.
Garry McDonald's performance as an opportunistic, shambolic pianist, is
probably the most enjoyable, yet fans of `Muriel's Wedding' would do well
look out for an early appearance from Jeannie Drynan, who played Muriel's
mother - and, as can be seen here, could once have given Audrey Hepburn a
run for her money.
Though very much a product of its time, the film is still a thoroughly
enjoyable introduction to Australia's rich film history - a fascinating
story which, without scholars such as Long, might have disappeared
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