Jack Thompson Performs
Director: Graeme Clifford 1985 140 Minutes PG
BURKE & WILLS Fri 09 Oct
SOLD OUT TIX AT VENUE ONLY 01:15pm 140mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Jack Thompson and Nigel Havers portray the legendary explorers in this spectacular dramatisation of the first European journey across Australia.

In 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set out north from Melbourne to cross the continent to draw up maps of the hitherto undocumented interior. Graeme Clifford’s film follows the adventurers as they trek through the wilderness, battling the elements and striving for survival. The lead performances from Thompson and Havers breathe life into these two major figures from Australian history, while the striking on-location shooting showcases the treachery of the original expedition.

Burke & Wills will screen from a rare archival 35mm print.


Director:Graeme Clifford
Producer:Graeme Clifford
Cast:Jack Thompson, Nigel Havers, Greta Scacchi
Script:Michael Thomas
Program strand:Jack Thompson Performs
Rights:Royal Society of Victoria