SONS OF MATTHEW

Cast

Michael Pate
Wendy Gibb
Ken Wayne

Director

Charles Chauvel

Producer

Charles Chauvel

Genres

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Film synopsis

Loosely based on the true story of the O’Reilly family, this epic film follows the lives of
three generations of pioneers. The film begins with the struggling farmers Matthew and Jane
O’Riordan and their family of five sons and two daughters. When the family grows up the
five brothers decide to move to southern Queensland to establish their own farms in a
mountainous area called ‘Green Kingdom’. The pioneering men face a constant battle
against the harsh weather conditions and the mountainous terrain. They are also faced with a
rivalry between the two older brothers, Barney (Ken Wayne) and Shane (Michael Pate) who
compete for the affections of a local woman, Cathy McAllister (Wendy Gibb). The film
concludes with the marriage of Shane and Cathy and a family united once more. Black and
white – from NFSA website

Running time

100 minutes

Country of origin

Australia

Year of production

1949