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Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He’s a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in Adelaide makes him face up to what she believes are his responsibilities, neither he nor his daughter are ready for each other. But in the beginning he’s all she’s got, and at the end, she’s all he’s got.
“The Shiralee” is based on the classic Aussie novel by D’Arcy Niland. It is a timeless story about family. Bryan Brown as Macauley and Rebecca Smart as Buster have excellent chemistry as father and daughter. Their excellent performances were both honoured with Logie Awards for Best Actor/Actress in a Telemovie in 1989. “The Shiralee” also took out the “Best Telemovie” Award the same year.