The Getting of Wisdom

The Getting of Wisdom

Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Susannah Fowle, Barry Humphries, John Waters


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The suffocating repressiveness of the Victorian era is superbly realized by director Bruce Beresford in The Getting of Wisdom. Thirteen-year-old Laura (Susannah Fowle), an incorrigible free spirit from the Australian outback, is enrolled in a prestigious girl's boarding school. The indoctrination process is a rough one, and Laura very nearly loses her individuality and sense of self-worth. When she does mature, however, it is on her terms, and not the school's. Intriguingly, The Getting of Wisdom is based on the reminiscences of a 19th-century female writer who used the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson. Despite its somber dramatic overtones, the film contains moments of uninhibited humor, a trademark of director Beresford.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
UPC: 0738329077624
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 52,156

Special Features

"Telling Schoolgirl Tales" feature-length documentary; Original Posters; Original Press Kit; Stills Gallery; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susannah Fowle Laura
Barry Humphries Rev. Strachey
John Waters Rev. Shepherd
Sheila Helpmann Mrs. Gurley
Patricia Kennedy Miss Chapman
Julia Blake Isabella Shepherd
Dorothy Bradley Miss Hicks
Kay Eklund Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl Miss Snodgrass
Diana Greentree Maisie Shepherd
Monica Maughan Miss Day
Candy Raymond Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan Tom Macnamara
Celia Deburgh Actor
Jo-Anne Moore Actor
Amanda Ring Actor
Karen Sutton Actor
Kerry Armstrong Actor
Alix Longman Actor
Janet Shaw Actor
Stephanie Blake Actor
Richard Butler Actor
Kim Deacon Lilith
Maggie Kirkpatrick Sarah, Mrs. Rambotham's companion
Gerda Nicolson Actor
Hilary Ryan Evelyn
Sigrid Thornton Maria

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Phil Adams Producer
William M. Anderson Editor
Desmond Bone Sound/Sound Designer
Moya Iceton Screenwriter
Rick Kent Art Director
Michael Lake Asst. Director
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
John Stoddart Production Designer
Gale Tattersall Camera Operator
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
Eleanor Witcombe Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Getting of Wisdom
1. Going Away [5:03]
2. Big Red [9:21]
3. French Class [7:27]
4. Cultural Offerings [11:41]
5. Christmas [6:13]
6. New Minister [7:45]
7. Lady Killer [6:28]
8. Storyteller [8:49]
9. Liar [9:45]
10. Shunned [10:54]
11. Eve Leaves [6:08]
12. Graduation [7:41]

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