The Picture Show Man

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A cutely nostalgic portrait of the early years of movie exhibition in Australia, charting the tragi-comic rivalries of travelling film showmen in the '20s. If the scenery and period 'charm' don't grab you, you could try reading the narrative as a metaphor on the contemporary Aussie cinema's production boom, and the conflicting demands for an indigenous or 'international' focus (the latter represented by Taylor's outsider/competitor). Not, however, particularly recommended.

By: PT

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Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Power
Screenwriter: Joan Long
Cast: Rod Taylor
John Meillon
John Ewart
Harold Hopkins
Judy Morris
Sally Conabere
Garry McDonald
Patrick Cargill
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