Bitter Springs (A)

United Kingdom, 1950

Film
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The year is 1900 and sheepfarmer Wally King is given the rights to territory in the Australian outback. He sets out with his family to claim the land, but having made the hazardous 600 mile journey through wilderness, they find that the “permanent water” - Bitter Springs - is home to a tribe of aborigines who will not move away. A violent struggle develops between tribesmen and the white settlers which can only be resolved when the white man’s gun is replaced by compromise. For its time, this film was notably liberal in balancing the point of view of encroaching European settlers with Aboriginal claims for land rights. Starring Tommy Trinder, Chips Rafferty, Gordon Jackson, Jean Blue, Michael Pate, Charles Tingwell, Nonnie Piper, Nicky Yardley and Henry Murdock.

Credits

production company

Ealing Studios

producer

Sir Michael Balcon

director
Duration

01:26:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1950

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303302

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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