• Film

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

  • Duration:101 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Bruce Beresford
  • Screenwriter:Eleanor Witcombe
  • Cast:
    • Susannah Fowle
    • Sheila Helpmann
    • Patricia Kennedy
    • John Waters
    • Barry Humphries
    • Kerry Armstrong
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