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Curator's Cut: The Overlanders

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Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

4 Bennett Street

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Darwin, NT 0880

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The tale of a rag-tag droving team and their epic cattle drive, a 3,000 kilometre journey across the Australian outback.

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In 1942 the Japanese army is thrusting south and Australia fears an invasion. A ‘scorched earth’ strategy is implemented and the great herds of the northern are under threat. Dan McAlpine (Chips Rafferty) vows to save the herds. He puts together a rag-tag droving team that do the impossible – they drive thousands of livestock from Wyndham in the Kimberley across the Northern Territory’s outback to the east coast of Australia – a journey of 3,000 kilometres. The Overlanders is the story of that epic cattle drive.

The Overlanders was produced by Harry Watt, Ealing Studios’ legendary documentary film-maker, and starred Australia’s own Chips Rafferty and new-comer Daphne Campbell. Osmond Borradaile was responsible for the film’s panoramic cinematography, matched only by composer John Ireland’s soaring musical score. The Overlanders was an ambitious film project, produced at a time when Australia was recovering from the trauma of global conflict.

This film screening is part of the Northern Territory Library’s Curator’s Cut film series, screening rare films from the Library collection.

Visit ntl.nt.gov.au for the full Curator's Cut 2019/2020 program.

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Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

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