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Bush Christmas

Bush Christmas (Henri Safran, 1983) aka Prince and the Great Race, prod. Paul D. Barron; remake of 1947 film; John Ewart, John Howard, Nicole Kidman; 91 min.; Kidman's film debut


Manalpuy, Kidman

In the Australian outback a family struggles to keep its farm from foreclosure. Their only hope is that their horse, Prince, will win money in a New Year's race. But when Prince is stolen the children embark on a dangerous and exciting adventure to get him back.

Credit must go to director Henri Safran and director of photography Malcolm Richards. Their expertise is particularly evident in the climactic cross-country race which is captured largely in longshot during the first half, reserving the close-ups of jockey Manalpuy and Prince to generate excitement and tension during the closing part. Geoff Mayer, in Murray: 122.

References and Links

Murray, Scott ed. 1995, Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features, editorial assistants Raffaele Caputo, Alissa Tanskaya, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press in association with the Australian Film Commission and Cinema Papers, Melbourne.  Rev. and expanded edn of: Australian Film 1978-1992.

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