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The Road From Coorain (2001/TV Movie/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Telefilm: C+



Coming of age stories are not easy and when they are set in the past, they can get caught up in being a period piece and forget the character development or just become melodramatic by default because they lend themselves to time and opportunity missed.Brendan Maherís Road To Coorain (2001) is an Australian TV movie that tells the story of Jill Ker Conway growing up in New South Wales duri9ng the 1930s.


Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile) is Eve, the mother of the family dealing with drought, drama and much more.Their father Bill (Richard Roxburgh of Mission: Impossible III, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Blue Murder mini-series) is also a good provider, but life in the outback can be very rough, especially at that time.That is the strength and weakness of the telefilm.I liked the acting, placement and some moments, but too much of it was what we had seen before and the makers keep it short enough at 97 minutes.Still, it is an ambitious project and if you are interested, worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is much softer than I expected for a recent production, for whatever reason and we get Australian product in (imports included) so this did surprise me.The locations are still nice though.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is better, recorded well enough for its age, but is a quiet soundtrack.Extras include text bio of Conway and text filmography of Stevenson.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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