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Australia 1987
Directed by
Carl Schultz
93 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars

Travelling North

Adapted by David Williamson from his own play of the same name, Travelling North is an amiable romance for superannuants wanting reassurance that where love is concerned at least hope burns eternal. Leo McKern does an excellent job playing the feisty old leftie, Frank, who has a final stab at happiness with Francis (Julia Blake) in their Northern Queensland idyll only to find that whilst Man proposes, God disposes.

Although sometimes tending to overdo the gauzily picturesque the film is quietly amusing and its thin narrative that has a tendency to facility  no film has ever made driving between Melbourne and Port Douglas seem so easy!) is given a salutary lift by the presence of Graham Kennedy as the meddlesome but good-hearted neighbour whilst Henri Szeps does a good turn as the town doctor who out of attraction to Francis learns to deal with Frank's abrasive ways.




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