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The Overlanders

  • Film
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Time Out says

Ealing's plans to dramatise the Australian contribution to the war effort didn't mature until after hostilities ceased, but the success of this epic reconstruction of a 1942 cattle-drive (virtually a displaced Western, but given an emphatic political context - the drive is occasioned by a 'scorched earth' policy in face of the advancing Japanese threat - at odds with a counterpart like 'Red River') ensured a continuity of antipodean production that lasted until the home studio itself folded in 1959. Watt brought both a documentarist's research and eye to the project, exposing the outback as a viable location and incidentally elevating Rafferty to the status of a national icon.
Written by PT

Release Details

  • Duration:91 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Harry Watt
  • Screenwriter:Harry Watt
  • Cast:
    • Chips Rafferty
    • John Nugent Hayward
    • Daphne Campbell
    • Jean Blue
    • Helen Grieve
    • John Fernside
    • Peter Pagan
    • Frank Ransome
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