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The Getting of Wisdom

1h 37m Drama, Australia, Australian 1977

A rebellious youngster from Australia's outback has difficulty adjusting to her new life at a strict Victorian boarding school in the city.

Told with a delicate blend of satire and nostalgia, this award winning coming-of-age tale introduces one of Australian literature’s most beloved characters, Laura Tweedle Rambothan (Susannah Fowle), to the screen. Chronicling her stormy passage through the sedate halls of an expensive Melbourne finishing school, The Getting of Wisdom delivers a rich and amusing portrait of an imaginative country girl who refuses to be broken to fit the mould of a Victorian-era young lady. Based on the immortal best seller by Henry Handel Richardson, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Don’s Party, Breaker Morant), and boasting top-class performances from Barry Humphries, John Waters and future stars Sigrid Thornton and Kerry Armstrong, The Getting of Wisdom is an Australian cinema classic.


Barry Humphries (Rev. Strachey) , John Waters (Rev. Shepherd) , Kerry Armstrong (Kate) , Sigrid Thornton (Maria) , Susannah Fowle (Laura Tweedle Rambotham)


Bruce Beresford





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