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The Fringe Dwellers (1986)





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Bruce Beresford returned to the austerity of his first Australian films with The Fringe Dwellers. Kristina Nehm stars as an Aborigine woman named Trilby, who along with her tribespeople lives on the fringes of "accepted" Australian society. Trilby's mother (Justine Saunders) urges her family to remove themselves from squalor and move up to a fashionable all-white suburb. What with the snobbery of her new neighbors and an onslaught of visiting relatives, Trilby never has a moment of happiness. She seeks solace in the arms of her boyfriend (Ernie Dingo), but this only results in an unwanted pregnancy. Her "escape" to a better life is an indirect result of her newborn child's death. Bruce and Rhoisin Beresford adapted the script of The Fringe Dwellers from the novel by Nene Gare.


Kristina Nehm
as Trilby Comeaway
Ktistina Nehm
as Trilby Comeaway
Justine Saunders
as Mollie Comeaway
Bob Maza
as Joe Comeaway
Kylie Belling
as Noonah Comeaway
Michele Miles
as Blanchie
Bill Sandy
as Skippy
Wilkie Collins
as Dr. Symons
Lisa-Jane Stockwell
as Nurse McCarthy
Sandra Lehane
as Nurse Creswell
Theresa Stafford
as Schoolgirl
Leo Wockner
as Stockman
Noanie Wood
as Miss Simmons
Gabrielle Lambrose
as Mrs. Henwood
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Critic Reviews for The Fringe Dwellers

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A gentle and powerful new movie by Bruce Beresford.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

One of the few Australian films selected for Competition at Cannes (1986), Bruce Beresford's adaptation of the novel is a milestone for Australian cinema.

November 24, 2007

A sensitive cross-cultural study about an aboriginal family in Australia.

August 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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