Hammers Over the Anvil
|Hammers Over the Anvil|
|Directed by||Ann Turner|
|Produced by||Ben Gannon|
|Written by||Peter Hepworth
|Based on||novel by Alan Marshall|
|Box office||A$50,491 (Australia)|
Hammers Over the Anvil is a 1991 Australian drama film starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, directed by Ann Turner. The screenplay by Peter Hepworth and Ann Turner is based on the novel by Alan Marshall. The original music score is composed by Not Drowning, Waving.
Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Marshall, the film is set in the early 1900s in the Outback, centering around a young Alan Marshall and the people in his town. Crippled by polio, Alan tries to make sense of his place in a world where a man's physical prowess gains the admiration of women and the envy of his peers, as demonstrated by the horsebreaker East Driscoll, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Charlotte Rampling also stars as an English lady, Grace McAlister, who has moved to the area with her husband. Complications arise as an attraction develops between East and Grace and young Alan deals with the complexities of growing up.
- Charlotte Rampling - Grace McAlister
- Russell Crowe - East Driscoll
- Alex Outhred - Alan Marshall
- Frank Holden - "Bushman" Marshall
- Amanda Douge - Nellie Bolster
- Frank Gallacher - Mr. Thomas (a preacher)
- John Rafter Lee - Charles McAlister
- Daphne Grey - Mrs. Herbert
- Alethea McGrath - Mrs. Blison
- Wayne Pygram - Snarley Burns
The project had been around for a number of years. The script was originally written by Peter Hepworth then rewritten by Ann Turner.
The film was shot over seven weeks in South Australia's Red Creek.
Hammers Over the Anvil grossed $50,491 at the box office in Australia.
- "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, January 1992 p73
- "Interview with Ann Turner", Signis, 16 January 1998 accessed 21 November 2012
- Andrew L. Urban, "Hammers over the Anvil", May–June 1992 p13-14
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- Hammers Over The Anvil at the Internet Movie Database
- Hammers Over the Anvil at the National Film and Sound Archive
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