The Getting of Wisdom


Time Out says

Drenched in lushly tasteful Victorian production values, this evocation of a warmly sentimental education, set in a Melbourne girls' boarding school, achieves little by way of justifying an adaptation of Ethel Richardson's autobiographical novel of 1910. A perky feminine independence may have proved controversial at the time of its writing, but here emerges as a mere cliché-ridden prelude to an unseen but inevitable brilliant career. Barry Humphries plays straight as a cleric, when a little of his invigorating vulgarity might have pepped the proceedings up considerably, while Beresford's display of versatility only points up his comparative strengths in the almost all-male worlds of The Club and The Money Movers.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Bruce Beresford
Eleanor Witcombe
Susannah Fowle
Sheila Helpmann
Patricia Kennedy
John Waters
Barry Humphries
Kerry Armstrong
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