Part of the Australian new wave of the 1970’s and first feature produced by the South Australian Film Corporation, director Ken Hannam’s Sunday Too Far Away was first shown at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 1975.
In the 1950’s, after a dispute with a contractor, a gun shearer leads a group of sheep herders on a job in the Outback. From friendship to competitions, the men relieve themselves from their hard work with heavy drinking and occasional brawl.
Hannam, through the inspired input of cinematographer Geoff Burton consistently and beautiful warm sunset colors and striking landscapes, delivers a rustic and picturesque tale of folks in the country and the pressure of being a man in their time and place.
From the opening on the road with strange electronic music and great camera shots and with a good eye for details, Sunday Too Far Away is an honest depiction of an era with the dramatization of a a bunch of sympathetic brutes beautifully played by a strong cast led by Jack Thompson and Max Cullen. In the later part when it could fall short, the introduction of colorful and humorous moments keeps it going in the right direction. Sunday Too Far Away is a Colorful and compelling straight forward drama.
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