Country Life (film)
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|Directed by||Michael Blakemore|
|Produced by||Robin Dalton|
|Written by||Michael Blakemore
|Music by||Peter Best|
|Cinematography||Stephen F. Windon|
|Edited by||Nicholas Beauman|
|Box office||$360,957 (Australia)
Country Life is a 1994 Australian drama film, adapted from the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. The film was directed by Michael Blakemore. The cast included Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Googie Withers. It was entered into the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.
The film is set just after World War I, as Australia begins questioning the value of continuing as an outpost of the British Empire. Since his sister's death years ago, Jack Dickens has raised his niece Deborah, aided by his sharp-tongued maid Hannah. Deborah's father, Alexander Voysey, abandoned her after her mother's death and took off for the bright lights of the city, ostensibly making a name for himself as a literary critic and writer in London. Jack and Deborah have sacrificed their own hopes and dreams to run the farm while Voysey disports himself in the city. Despite the claims of success, Voysey is a self-centered, self-aggrandizing, pompous windbag with no visible means of support beyond leeching off his brother-in-law's labor on the farm.
Voysey has remarried a younger woman, Sally, who has come to regret her marriage. Voysey subjects Sally to cruel behavior from him, such as fetching things he's dropped at his whim and making advances to other women right in front of her. Sally is deeply unhappy, and feels that she has wasted her youth and squandered her life in marrying Voysey. Both Jack and the town doctor are soon smitten by Sally, while Deborah pines for the town doctor herself. The true natures, characters, and hopes and dreams within the family are revealed as things fall apart, paralleled by the political climate, with more Australians calling for separation from Britain.
- Sam Neill as Dr. Max Askey
- Greta Scacchi as Deborah Voysey
- John Hargreaves as Jack Dickens
- Kerry Fox as Sally Voysey
- Michael Blakemore as Alexander Voysey
- Googie Withers as Hannah
- Patricia Kennedy as Maud Dickens
- Ron Blanchard as Wally Wells
- Robyn Cruze as Violet
- Maurie Fields as Fred Livingstone
- Bryan Marshall as Mr. Pettinger
- Tony Barry as Logger
- Terry Brady as Logger
- Tom Long as Billy Livingstone
- Rob Steele as James
- Ian Bliss as David Archdale
- Colin Taylor as Mr Wilson
- Ian Cockburn as Mr Archdale
- Reg Cribb as Vicar
Country Life grossed $360,957 at the box office in Australia.
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- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
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