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A Fortunate Life [Region 4]


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Format: DVD (PG)
Release Date: 03 April 2013

At eight years old, an impoverished Bert Facey was forced to start the backbreaking, dawn-to-dusk life of a farm labourer. Unschooled, his father dead, abandoned by his mother, by the age of twenty he had survived the rigours of pioneering the harsh Australian bush and the slaughter of the bloody WWI campaign at Gallipoli. Adapted from A.B. Faceys best-selling autobiographical novel, this is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary Aussie battler, and remains one of the great Australian miniseries. In the tradition of A Town Like Alice and Sara Dane, the complete four chapters of this epic television event finally comes to DVD.

Part I: Starting Out (1897-1905)
Bert Faceys tormented early years through his fathers death and harsh economic depression
Part II: Bush Schooling (1905-1908)
Bert goes to work for the Phillips, a childless couple who treat him as one of the family
Part III: Journey (1908-1914)
Reunited with his mother after 12 years, Bert soon moves north to seek work.
Part IV: Providence (1914-1916)
A champion prize fighter, Bert enlists when WWI breaks out, surviving the nightmare of Gallipoli.



This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 367 minutes
Region: 4
Director: Henri Safran, Marcus Cole
Cast: Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr, Dorothy Alison, Martin Vaughan, Val Lehman
Producer: Bill Hughes
Subtitles: None
Publisher: UMBRE
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Barbara I Rhodes on
Excellent. Great movie and tells it how it was back then. Would recommend to anyone into the history of Australia or even family history.
kris carter on
Really enjoyed the book but the series becomes tedious. Did eventually get to the end. Not really worth the effort.

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