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Classic Australian Stories (2 DVD Boxset)

Catalog ID# 198690

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Classic Australian Stories (2 DVD Boxset)

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Waterfront and Dunera Boys, two wonderful Australian mini-series are united in this beautiful double-pack gift set.


Waterfront begins in one of the watershed years of this century, 1928. There is the specter of the Great Depression, increasingly rancorous class divisions, industrial disputes and rising unemployment. As the politicians watch for the most opportune moments to call and win an election, waterside workers around the country strike. Eventually, all except those in Melbourne return to work, the strike broken by the bosses' employment of unwitting Italian laborers, who, like the Australian workers, are hungry for work.

As the Melbourne wharfies continue to strike, too innocent and eager to consider that their struggle might be used as a pawn in a bigger, more sinister game, the issues of racism and survival are brought to the fore. Among this complex analysis of race and class are a wharfie, Maxey Woodbury (Jack Thompson) and an upper-class Italian migrant Anna Chieri (Greta Scacchi), whose roles encapsulate the situation at large. Waterfront is a moving and fearless depiction of life in Australia in the late 1920s. Jack Thompson received a logie for best actor for his performance in Waterfront.

The Dunera Boys

Just after the outbreak of World War II, a group of young Jewish men find themselves rounded up by the authorities. Under constant suspicion from the public in the wake of war the group find themselves forcefully relocated to Australia aboard the SS Dunera. Once aground the Jewish community struggle with their new lives at an internment in a camp at Hay, NSW but slowly realise the opportunities that Australia offers as some of their own rise to positions of distinction in Australian society. A specially edited DVD version of the acclaimed television mini-series starring Bob Hoskins, Warren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Fahey and Julia Blake, and winner of four Australian Film Awards (Best mini-series, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Actor).


Year Various
Genre BOX SETS, Australian, Drama
Catalogue Number 198690
Running Time TBC
Rating M
Media DVD
Special Features TBC
Subtitles None
Language English
System PAL

Region Code: Region 0 PAL

Release Date: 2008-01-09

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