Curator's Cut: The Overlanders

Wednesday, 16 October, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Wednesday, 16 October, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location
    Library, Parliament House, Darwin
  • Cost
Woman riding a horse

In 1942 the Japanese army is thrusting south and Australia fears an invasion. A ‘scorched earth’ strategy is implemented and the great herds of the northern are under threat. Dan McAlpine (Chips Rafferty) vows to save the herds. He puts together a rag-tag droving team that do the impossible – they drive thousands of livestock from Wyndham in the Kimberley across the Northern Territory’s outback to the east coast of Australia – a journey of 3,000 kilometres. The Overlanders is the story of that epic cattle drive.

The Overlanders was produced by Harry Watt, Ealing Studios’ legendary documentary film-maker, and starred Australia’s own Chips Rafferty and new-comer Daphne Campbell. Osmond Borradaile was responsible for the film’s panoramic cinematography, matched only by composer John Ireland’s soaring musical score. The Overlanders was an ambitious film project, produced at a time when Australia was recovering from the trauma of global conflict.

This film screening is part of the Northern Territory Library’s Curator’s Cut film series, screening rare films from the Library collection.

2019/2020 Curator's Cut Program
18 Sept 19Dirt Cheap (part of the Darwin International Film Festival)
16 Oct 19The Overlanders
20 Nov 19Not to Lose You, My Language
22 Jan 20Jedda
19 Feb 20Aeroplane Dance
18 Mar 20We of the Never Never

This event is held at the Northern Territory Library inside Parliament House, 4 Bennett St, Darwin. Seating from 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start.

Photo: Daphne Campbell, heroine of the film The Overlanders, on horseback. Joseph M. Ruddick Collection. PH0336/0020