|Directed by||James Gilbert|
|Produced by||Jack Neary
|Written by||Stan Mars|
|Editing by||Anthony Buckley
|Distributed by||British Empire Films|
|Release dates||18 November 1972|
|Running time||92 mins|
Stanley Evans, a Welsh schoolteacher, decides to emigrate to Australia for a better life but ends up working in a school in the dead-end town of Kookaburra Springs. He forms a school choir and decides to compete in a singing competition in Sydney. It is also known by the alternative title of Education of Stanley Evans.
- Harry Secombe - Stanley Evans
- Maggie Fitzgibbon - Shirley Marshall
- John Meillon - Mick Cassidy
- Peter Whittle - Pete Marshall
- Dennis Jordan - Steve Cassidy
- Dawn Lake - Sal Cassidy
- Bobby Limb - Bill
- Norm Erskine - Norm
- Jack Allen - Banjo
- Roger Cox- Ben
- Tommy Mack - Gunboat
- Derek Nimmo
- Stuart Wagstaff - announcer
The film was inspired by a poster used by the New South Wales government to attract teachers from Britain, where a teacher wearing swimmers and an academic board stands on Bondi Beach. It was designed as a vehicle for Harry Secombe and was shot near Parkes in NSW from January 1972. The budget mostly came from US and British sources, with $100,000 from the Australian Film Development Corporation.
The film did not perform particularly well commercially or critically.
- Readle, Eric. History and heartburn: the saga of Australian film, 1896-1978. Associated University Presses, 1981.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p267
- Readle p.184
- "FEATURES WRITERS' WORLD BOOKS Dusty bush setting for former Goon's film.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 22 January 1972. p. 11. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Sunstruck at the Internet Movie Database
- Sunstruck at Australian Screen Online
- Sunstrucl at Oz Movies
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