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The Screen Guide

Tony, a new boy in a city school, is trying to deal with his dislocation during the course of a lesson. His teacher, Joe Glass, is an Irishman who has travelled long and extensively, struggling to dispel his feelings of not belonging and of accepting his need to be a part of someone, somewhere. Kohar, Joe's lover, is an Armenian brought up in Australia, wanting to acknowledge her heritage and find a place for it in her life. YOU CAN'T PUSH THE RIVER is an affirmation of the worth and value of our 'teachers'. It captures those unspoken, unacknowledged moments where a bond of shared humanity is forged between pupil and teacher, small moments that clarify our common destiny and fate.

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Leslie Oliver
Leslie Oliver  John Reddin
Robert Alcock
Dir. of Photography
Joel Peterson
Murray Ferguson
Production Designer
Dona Brown


Nollaig O'Flannabhra - Antonio Punturiero - Kathryn Chalker - Tony Punturiero - Eleanor Punturiero - Michael Lotito - Tara Ellis - Newtown High School of Performing Arts

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
Sculpting Pictures Pty Ltd


International Sales
Leslie Oliver

Selected Awards & Festivals