Sunstruck

Australia, 1972

Film
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After responding to a New South Wales government advertisement designed to attract teachers from Britain, a shy teacher from Wales is assigned to a one-teacher school in the isolated bush town of Kookaburra Springs. Initially he has problems adjusting to his new life as he struggles to gain respect from his students. Despite resistance he forms a school choir, which travels Sydney to participate in a singing competition. The trip is a success and on their return to Kookaburra Springs he decides to stay on in the town and marry. Primarily a vehicle for British singer and comedian Harry Secombe, the film was shot on location near the New South Wales town of Parkes with a budget of under $400,000. Cast also includes Maggie Fitzgibbon, John Meillon, Peter Whittle, Dawn Lake, Bobby Limb.

Credits

director

James Gilbert

co-producer

James Grafton

Jack Neary

production company

Immigrant (AU)

Language

English

Duration

01:30:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36829

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Comedy

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → School children

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → School children

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → School children

Music & Performing Arts → Choirs (Music)

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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