Hammers Over the Anvil

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Hammers Over the Anvil
DVD cover
Directed by Ann Turner
Produced by Ben Gannon
Written by Peter Hepworth
Ann Turner
Based on Alan Marshall
Starring Charlotte Rampling
Russell Crowe
Music by Not Drowning, Waving
Cinematography James Bartle
Edited by Ken Sallows
Australian Film Finance Corporation
Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment
Release date
  • 19 February 1993 (1993-02-19) (Germany)
  • 22 July 1994 (1994-07-22) (Australia)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$4 million[1]
Box office A$50,491 (Australia)

Hammers Over the Anvil is a 1993 Australian biographical romantic drama film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ann Turner. The screenplay was written by Peter Hepworth and Ann Turner. The film is loosely 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 a small town in the Western District of Victoria, 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.



The project had been around for a number of years. The script was originally written by Peter Hepworth then rewritten by Ann Turner.[2]

It is set and filming in South Australia's Red Creek in seven weeks on 11 October and 29 November 1991.[3]

Box office[edit]

Hammers Over the Anvil grossed $50,491 at the box office in Australia.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, January 1992 p73
  2. ^ "Interview with Ann Turner", Signis, 16 January 1998 Archived 9 December 2012 at Archive.is accessed 21 November 2012
  3. ^ Andrew L. Urban, "Hammers over the Anvil", May–June 1992 p13-14
  4. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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