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Poor Man’s Orange (1987)

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Original classification rating: PG. This clip chosen to be PG

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A child is missing and the family frantically search the streets of Surry Hills to find her. By the time the child is found and returned to her mother (Anna Hruby) and father (Shane Connor) we’ve been introduced to all the members of a rumbustious Irish-Australian family trying to hold it together despite the ravages of poverty, alcohol and death.

Curator’s notes

A brilliant pre-title sequence to the series. Through the vehicle of the frantic search for a lost child, we’re reintroduced to the postwar Surry Hills so well-known from the previous series Harp In the South. At the same time, we’re offered a thumbnail sketch of each of the principal players – from Mumma Darcy (Anne Phelan) to Hughie Darcy (Martyn Sanderson) to the lodger Pat Diamond (Syd Conabere) and the two Darcy girls, Roie and Dola. By the time the title appears we’ve re-entered a world we’ve come to know and love and are ready for the next chapter in this great family drama.

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