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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Sunday Too Far Away

Fortnight 1975, Feature film, 1h30


« Sunday too far away » is a study of one aspect of Australian social behaviour to which all shades of society have clung throughout our brief history… the code of « mateship », or the belief that, at some time during each man’s lifetime, he will depend on a friend for survival, mentally or physically.
In this case, the « mates » or friends, are a migratory band of sheep shearers, the film following their ups and downs during a six week stint at a particular shearing shed. If we dare to question the elitism which they fervently believe was theirs by divine right or legend, we do so with affection and pride.
The strike, which coincides with the end of this shearing contract, serves mainly to unite them in a last ditch stand against those forces that threaten their mythology, so carefully nurtured and so desperately needed…


Ken Hannam

Ken Hannam was born in Melbourne in 1929 and started his career as a child-actor with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He then became scriptwriter for the radio whil still acting. When television was created in Australia in 1956, he works as a scriptwriter adn then as producer and director of numerous series, shows and TV films. He then left television for the cinema in 1963 and moved in London in 1968 where he’d already worked on british productions. He came back in Australia in 1974 to direct « Sunday Too Far Away » and TV shows. He died in London in 2004.

Jack Tompson
John Ewart
Max Cullen
Robert Bruning

John Dingwall

Geoff Burton ACS