High Tide

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Lilli (Davis) is one of a trio of mophead backing singers for an Elvis lookalike. Bet (Adele) works in a fish factory, drives an ice-cream van in the summer, and sings at the local nightspot at weekends. Ally (Karvan), her granddaughter, wants to be as great a surfer as her late father. When Lilli gets the sack, she is stranded in the Australian backwater where Bet and Ally live in a caravan park. Ally is her abandoned daughter. Gillian Armstrong's terrific film centres on the after-shocks of this discovery. Without a trace of schlock or schmaltz, she depicts the viewpoints of these three women with great skill, aided in no small way by Laura Jones' admirable script. A distinctive sense of place, a generous sense of humour, and three remarkable performances comine to produce a movie with an undertow of astonishing emotional power.
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Release details

UK release:

1987

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Cast:

John Clayton, Colin Friels, Claudia Karvan, Jan Adele, Judy Davis, Frankie J Holden

Music:

Peter Best

Production Designer:

Sally Campbell

Editor:

Nicholas Beauman

Cinematography:

Russell Boyd

Screenwriter:

Laura Jones

Producer:

Sandra Levy

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