The Overlanders

United Kingdom, 1946

Film
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Although superficially comparable with cattle drive Westerns like Red River, the emphasis in this film is on the cooperative nature of the enterprise - a cattle drive from Northern Australia in 1942 to escape the Japanese - rather than on notions of individualism at the centre of the western ethos. Starring Chips Rafferty, The Overlanders is a documentary in spirit, recreating the hazards of an epic drive and carefully assembling the mannerisms, vocabulary and attitudes to characterize the Australian bushman. There was also a strong role for a woman - Daphne Campbell as Mary Parsons - carrying on the tradition of the bush heroine established in Australian films of the twenties and thirties. Based on an actual cattle drive of 1942 organised by the government of Northern Australia to remove supplies from the reach of the Japanese. Cast also includes John Nugent Hayward.

Credits

production company

Ealing Studios

co-producer

Ralph Smart

Sir Michael Balcon

director
Duration

01:31:10:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1946

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324055

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Ranchers

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Stockmen

Animals & Wildlife → Cattle drives - Australia

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Australia

Drama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australians - Relations with Japanese

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → Australians - Relations with Japanese

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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