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The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 August 1977 (Australia)
Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Eleanor Witcombe (screenplay), Henry Handel Richardson (from the novel by)
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susannah Fowle Susannah Fowle ... Laura Tweedle Rambotham
Dorothy Bradley Dorothy Bradley ... Miss Hicks
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ... Miss Chapman
Sheila Helpmann Sheila Helpmann ... Mrs. Gurley
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan ... Tom McNamara
Barry Humphries ... Rev. Strachey
John Waters ... Rev. Shepherd
Kerry Armstrong ... Kate
Sigrid Thornton ... Maria
Alix Longman ... Chinky
Julia Blake ... Isabella Shepherd
Kay Eklund Kay Eklund ... Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild ... Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl Jan Friedl ... Miss Snodgrass
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Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to the screen, Laura Tweedle Rambotham (Susannah Fowle). Written by Anonymous

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There is hope, there is hurt . . . there is loneliness, there is love . . . there is wanting and there is joy in . . . The Getting of Wisdom See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director Bruce Beresford first acquired the film rights to 'The Getting of Wisdom' novel by Henry Handel Richardson in 1974, about three to four years prior to this movie being made and released. See more »

Quotes

Lilith: [Laura enters her assigned bedroom in the school and meets Lilith Gordon, who spies Laura holding a cake tin, which Lilith grabs and opens and sees glace cherries on the cake. She commences to eat them] Ohh, scrummy!
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Soundtracks

Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
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Music by Robert Schumann
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Splendid
24 September 2020 | by edgeofrealitySee all my reviews

What a real feeling of Australia this film has. It is like a documentary, unapologetically showing us teenage girls as bullies and snobs. Their cruelty is matched only by an underlying innocence. The film does not hate them, but shows them for what they are - all too human. This includes the heroine in her struggles to stand out. She does because she has a talent for music, nurtured by her long-suffering mother. Great supporting cast and background detail. Another remarkable fact is that the same director and production team who made all those ocker comedies had the versatility to adapt a literary classic.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A bölcsesség elnyerése See more »

Filming Locations:

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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