The Irishman

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The Irishman
Author Elizabeth O'Conner
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Angus and Robertson, Australia
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Irishman is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Elizabeth O'Conner.

The novel deals with the experiences of Paddy Doolan, an Irish teamster, and his sons in the Gulf Country in the north of Australia.

Film adaptation[edit]

The Irishman
Directed by Donald Crombie
Produced by Anthony Buckley
Written by Donald Crombie
Starring Michael Craig
Simon Burke
Robyn Nevin
Forest Home Films
South Australian Film Corporation
Release date(s) 1978
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU $840,000 (est.)[1]
Box office AU $622,000[2]

In 1978, the book was adapted for the screen in a film of the same name.[3] The film version was written and directed by Donald Crombie for whom it was a labour of love.[4]


The movie was budgeted at $767,000 but went $80,000 over.[1] It was filmed in May through to July in 1977.


The film was a disappointment at the box office. Crombie later said he thought it was five to ten minutes too long, and suffered from being released soon after The Mango Tree, another coming of age period movie set in Queensland, when there was a backlash against period films.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p147-149
  2. ^ Australian Films at the Box Office - Report to Film Victoria accessed 5 Oct 2012
  3. ^ Internet Movie DataBase - The Irishman (1978)
  4. ^ "Interview with Donald Crombie", Signet, 18 December 1998 accessed 16 November 2012
  5. ^ Peter Beilby & Scott Murray, "Donald Crombie", Cinema Papers, Oct-Nov 1978 p131-132
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Big Fellow
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
Riders in the Chariot