Jack Thompson stars as Foley, a gun shearer, in this exuberant comedy-drama set almost entirely in an isolated sheep station in South Australia.
Though the climax of the film is centred around the shearers’ strike of 1956, the movie’s main theme is the camaraderie of the men themselves, and also the rivalry between them. Having virtually swept the board at the 1974-5 Australian Film Awards, Sunday Too Far Away
achieved the added distinction of being selected to participate in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. In 1975, Sydney Film Festival was delighted to open for the first time with an Australian film, and that it should be such an exciting and important one representing as it does the innovatory work being carried out in Adelaide by the South Australian Film Corporation.
– David Stratton, Director, 22nd Sydney Film Festival, 1-16 June 1975
NFSA Restores digital restoration of Sunday Too Far Away
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