NFSA Restoration of Sunday Too Far Away.

Directed by Ken Hannam, Sunday Too Far Away follows a group of hard-working, hard-drinking sheep shearers in the shadow of the 1956 shearers’ strike. Foley (played by Jack Thompson) arrives at a new sheep station as the unbeaten ‘gun shearer’, but he must fight to keep his champion status.

Directed by Ken Hannam, Sunday Too Far Away follows a group of hard-working, hard-drinking sheep shearers in the shadow of the 1956 shearers’ strike. Foley (played by Jack Thompson) arrives at a new sheep station as the unbeaten ‘gun shearer’, but he must fight to keep his champion status.

Producer Matt Carroll said that Sunday Too Far Away is the film he’s “most proud” of having made.

Sunday Too Far Away was a pivotal film for the re-emergence of Australian film production, as it was uncompromisingly an Australian story,” said Mr Carroll.

It is about a world that not many people had seen, but it’s part of our DNA as Australians.”

Sunday Too Far Away was the first film produced by the South Australian Film Corporation, filmed near Port Augusta in outback SA. Released in 1975 to commercial and critical success, Sunday Too Far Away is considered a landmark film in the Australian New Wave of the 1970s and ‘80s.

In 2018 the NFSA completed a digital restoration of Sunday Too Far Away for its NFSA Restores program, which digitises and preserves classic Australian films.


Image by Michael Leunig .