Travelling North tells the story of Frank (Leo McKern), a crotchety old man with an unending zest and passion for life and Frances (Julia Blake) his much younger companion travelling to Queensland to enjoy their retirement and each other. Unfortunately, the idyllic North cannot calm Frank's complex personality and desire to live life to the fullest and Frances watches helplessly as Frank struggles to understand his own emotional and physical limitations. Directed by Carl Schultz, with memorable performances by Graham Kennedy as Freddie, the meddlesome but loyal neighbour and Henri Szeps as the long-suffering local doctor weathering an endless stream of self-diagnosis by Frank, Travelling North travels to the heights of happiness and the depths of despair.
The Mango Tree
Jamie Carr (Christopher Pate) is a young man growing up in Bundaberg, Northern Queensland during the closing years of World War I. Jamie, who is in his final year of high school, was brought up by his grandmother (Geraldine Fitzgerald). Grandma Carr is known and loved by all in the town, and does her best to help Jamie through the emotional turmoil of adolescence. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Jamie sets out to build a future of his own in the city as he and his friends face the possibility of being sent to war. Based on a novel by Ronald McKie, The Mango Tree was written and produced by former Hollywood actor Michael Pate and features ballet star Robert Helpmann.