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a late Ealing film,
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Something of an oddity, this film was made in 1949 near Quorn South Australia not far from where I was born and went to school. It was mainly for nostalgic purposes that I bought it. However, for fans of Chips Rafferty. the young Gordon Jackson or the (rather miscast( Tommy Trinder, it would have special appeal. However it is not in the same class as The Ladykillers or a number of other post-war Ealing productions.
It begins very well showing the hardships of the early settlers but latterly it loses its way, partly due to scripting reason and partly because the presentation of the conflicts between the white settlers and the aborigines is confused. But it does have the benefit of a film score by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Something of a hotchpotch but still an interesting example of early Australian film making shining a light upon its settlement history. Whether you like it or not may well depend upon your particular interests.