Genre: Drama. Dir: Ken Hannam. 1975.
A breakthrough historical drama about the struggles of itinerant sheep shearers in the Outback in the 1950s.
Jack Thompson is Foley, a hard-drinking, hard-working shearer who is the best at his profession.
When local landowners try to drive away the sheep herders, Foley leads a strike to establish their right to exist and live off the land.
The dispute turns violent as the landowners retaliate, and Foley struggles to maintain his supremacy.
The film’s title comes from a traditional song of complaint sung by sheep shearers’ wives.