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The harsh, competitive world of Australian sheep-shearers provides the setting for this powerful film. Foley and 'Black Arthur' do battle for the position of 'top shearer' amid the boozy world of men isolated from civilisation. After weeks of work they are confronted with non-union labour undercutting them - a situation which leads to a violent conclusion.

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Ken Hannam
John Dingwall
Gil Brealey  Matt Carroll
Dir. of Photography
Geoff Burton ACS


Jack Thompson - Max Cullen - John Ewart - Robert Bruning - Jerry Thomas - Peter Cummins - Sean Scully - Reg Lye - Graham Smith - Laurie Rankin - Lisa Peers - Philip Ross - Gregory Apps - Doug Lihou - Ken Weaver - Kurt Jansen - Phyllis Ophel - John Charman - Ken Shorter - Bill ODea - Hedley Cullen - Wayne Anthony

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
South Australian Film Corporation

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Australian Film Week - Vienna
  • Fajr International Film Festival
  • Strictly Oz - A History of Australian Film - UCLA
  • Strictly Oz Event
  • Strictly Oz - A History of Australian Film
  • Moscow International Film Festival
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Australian - Pompidou Event
  • Australian Film Event Tokyo
  • International Film Festival Of India
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Taormina International Film Festival

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