Travelling North

This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson's popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement.

With:
Leo McKern Julia Blake Graham Kennedy Henri Szeps Michelle Fawdon Diane Craig

This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement.

Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a widow but not as old as he, to accompany him north, to subtropical northern Queensland.

After many happy days fishing, reading and listening to music (and enjoying the sexual side of the relationship), Frank’s health begins to deteriorate and Frances starts to yearn to see her family again.

Australian-born McKern, in his first Australian film, gives a remarkable performance as the crotchety, yet endearing, Frank. It’s a hugely enjoyable portrayal. As Frances, Blake positively glows; she plays a patient, loving woman with a determination of her own, and it’s a rich characterization.

Travelling North

Australia

Production: View. Director Carl Schultz; Producer Ben Gannon; Screenplay David Williamson; Camera Julian Penny; Editor Henry Dangar; Music Alan John; Art Director Owen Paterson

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Leo McKern Julia Blake Graham Kennedy Henri Szeps Michelle Fawdon Diane Craig

More Film

  • Golden Globes

    HFPA, Dick Clark Productions Near New Golden Globe Awards Rights Deal With NBC

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

  • Wavescape Film Fest Rides High With

    Wavescape Film Fest Rides High With 14th Edition

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

  • (L to R) Tanya (CHRISTINE BARANSKI),

    Why 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again's' Box Office Opening Is Still a Win

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

  • Locarno: FiGa Films Acquires ‘Temporada,’ Drops

    Locarno: FiGa Films Acquires ‘Temporada,’ Drops Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

  • Brazil Launches New Audiovisual Production Hub

    Brazil Launches New Audiovisual Production Hub in Niteroi

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

  • Indian Fantasy 'Tumbbad' to Kick Off

    Indian Fantasy 'Tumbbad' to Kick Off Venice Critics' Week

    This superbly crafted adaptation of David Williamson’s popular stage play is a mature, frequently funny and ultimately most moving story of old age and retirement. Leo McKern plays Frank, a rather cantankerous ex-Communist and civil engineer who retires from work at age 70. A widower, he has persuaded his close friend, Frances (Julia Blake), a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content