Burke and Wills

Australia, 1985

Film

An epic journey from a turbulent chapter in Australia’s past, ‘Burke and Wills’ is the story of the explorers Burke and Wills’ expedition across the Australian continent in 1860. Jack Thompson is Robert O’Hara Burke, a strong Irishman obsessed with the desire to ‘write the map’; Nigel Havers is William John Wills, the archetypal Victorian gentleman explorer.

The film explores the changing relationship between the two men as they struggle with the harsh Australian environment they are attempting to chart.

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Credits

production company

Australian Film Investment Corporation

Hoyts Edgley

producer

Graeme Clifford

John Sexton

director

Graeme Clifford

writer

Michael Thomas

Language

English

Duration

02:14:26:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36961

Audience classifications

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

PG

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers - Australia

Drama

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Historical films

History → Australia - History - 1851-1891

History → Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861

History → Explorers - Australia

History → Wills, William John, 1834-1861

People → Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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