The Shiralee

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The Shiralee

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The Shiralee is an Australian film from 1987 based on a 1955 novel of the same name by D'Arcy Niland. The central character, Macauley (Bryan Brown) is an itinerant worker in the 1940s who finds himself unexpectedly in possession of his young daughter Buster (Rebecca Smart). He takes custody after finding his wife with another man after returning from an extended search for work in the outback. From then on he travels from job to job with Buster in tow, literally his "shiralee", an Aboriginal word meaning "burden". As Macauley struggles with hard luck, unemployment and the harsh elements, father and daughter bond against the backdrop of the Australian countryside and who is the real burden on the other is blurred. The Shiralee is a story about the profound love shared between a father and a daughter. First filmed in 1957 and starring Peter Finch, this version of The Shiralee was the highest rated miniseries for Aussie television in 1988. It was directed by George Ogilvie and the script was adapted by Tony Morphett.moreless

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AIRED ON 11/8/1987

Season 1 : Episode 2

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