The Resource The back of beyond

The back of beyond

Label
The back of beyond
Title
The back of beyond
Title variation
John Heyer's 1954 classic film
Contributor
Actor
Film director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Adaptation to the harshness of the environment is the theme of this journey with the mailman Tom Kruse along the Birdsville Track. The form of the film is itself an adaptation from the British documentary tradition of narration, of storytellers who the filmmaker saw as representative voices of the outback: the mailman, the women on the two-way radio, Malcolm an Aboriginal man and the Birdsville policeman. An interesting contrast to this romantic view of outback life is provided by John Kingsford-Smith's Mantle of safety (The Inlanders). Back of beyond, now an Australian classic, was the most notable production by the Shell Film Unit under the charge of Heyer and was one of the first Australian films to make an impact at international film festivals winning the Grand Prix at Venice in 1954. It was widely screened non-theatrically in Australia
  • Back To The Back of Beyond: Forty years after legendary filmmaker John Heyer captured a uniquely Aussie adventure on film, we revisit the dusty outback once more as dedicated postman Tom Kruse returns to the rugged Birdsville Track to relive his past and comment on the future of outback Australia. Exploring past endeavours and investigating significant changes across the decades, Back To The Back of Beyond looks at the developing countryside, where the 300-mile track that was used by Aboriginal people trading between north and south became such an important lifeline to outlying cattle stations. An enlightening retrospective, John Heyer, Pat Jackson and Tom Kruse lovingly recount their life's work with amusing anecdotes and engaging honesty, providing a delightful companion piece to the seminal 1954 documentary
Member of
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Written and directed by John Heyer
Information relating to copyright status
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia ©2011.
Intended audience
Rating: G
Language note
English. No subtitles
PerformerNote
Cast: Tom Kruse, William Henry Butler
Runtime
144
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
The back of beyond
Instantiates
Distribution
Copyright
Note
  • Title from disc label
  • "2-disc collection"
  • "Also featuring Back to the back of beyond"
  • DAVID3584: Umbrella Entertainment (Disc 1)
  • DAVID3093: Umbrella Entertainment (Disc 2)
  • Originally produced in 1954
  • Special features: Three bonus John Heyer historical films: Journey of a nation; The reef; Let's go ; Photo gallery
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Disc 1: Back of beyond (1954, 62 min.) -- Journey of a nation (1947, 11 min.) / The reef (1977, 74 min.) / Let's go (1956, 10 min.) -- Disc 2: Back to the back of beyond: 40 years later
Control code
p225860969
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Edition
60th anniversay edition.
Extent
2 DVD-videos (144 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
9344256014734
Other physical details
sound, colour and black & white
Publisher number
  • DAVID3584
  • DAVID3093
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD ; All Regions ; PAL
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The back of beyond
Distribution
Copyright
Note
  • Title from disc label
  • "2-disc collection"
  • "Also featuring Back to the back of beyond"
  • DAVID3584: Umbrella Entertainment (Disc 1)
  • DAVID3093: Umbrella Entertainment (Disc 2)
  • Originally produced in 1954
  • Special features: Three bonus John Heyer historical films: Journey of a nation; The reef; Let's go ; Photo gallery
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Disc 1: Back of beyond (1954, 62 min.) -- Journey of a nation (1947, 11 min.) / The reef (1977, 74 min.) / Let's go (1956, 10 min.) -- Disc 2: Back to the back of beyond: 40 years later
Control code
p225860969
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Edition
60th anniversay edition.
Extent
2 DVD-videos (144 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
9344256014734
Other physical details
sound, colour and black & white
Publisher number
  • DAVID3584
  • DAVID3093
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD ; All Regions ; PAL
Video recording format
DVD

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