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A Woman's Tale Details

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Australian director Paul Cox, skilled at intense psychological stories about lone souls looking for comfort in a cold world, was at his best with this original script co-written by the director and Barry Dickins. Martha is a 78-year-old woman living out her final days. Not a maudlin tale of a lonely woman wasting away, A Woman's Tale focuses on a human who manages to maintain an amazing vitality in the face of death. She encourages her young nurse, Anna (Gosia Doborowolska), to use her flat for romantic trysts; she looks in on Billy (Norman Kayes), an elderly neighbor, and she resists attempts by her son Johanathan (hris Haywood) to place her in a nursing home. Sheila Florance's performance as Martha is a marvel, especially given the art-imitates-life aspect of production: Florance was terminally ill, and she died soon after she was nominated for the Best Actress Award for Australia's Academy Awards. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Australian Film Institute Awards Sheila Florance Best Actress 1991 Winner

Cast

Sheila Florance
as Martha
Gosia Dobrowolska
as Anna
Norman Kaye
as Billy
Chris Haywood
as Johnathan
Myrtle Woods
as Miss Inchley
Ernest Gray
as Peter
Monica Maughan
as Billy's daughter
Max Gillies
as Billy's son-in-law
Bruce Myles
as Con 1
Alex Menglet
as Con 2
Manuel Bachet
as Neighbor
Kyra Cox
as Young Girl
Victoria Eagger
as 1st Nurse
Kate Fewster
as Young Martha
Marina Finlay
as Prostitute
Marion Heathfield
as 2nd Nurse
Carla Hoogeveen
as Waitress
Melita Jurisic
as Judy
James Khong
as Doctor
Dawn Klingberg
as Don's wife
Veronica Koca
as Young girl
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
as Celebrant
Hal Todd
as Hal Todd
Melita Jurisic
as Judy
Marina Finlay
as Prostitute
Victoria Eagger
as 1st Nurse
Manuel Bachet
as Neighbor
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
as Celebrant
Carla Hoogeveen
as Waitress
James Khong
as Doctor
Marion Heathfield
as 2nd Nurse
Veronica Koca
as Young girl
Kyra Cox
as Young Girl
Dawn Klingberg
as Don's wife
Kate Fewster
as Young Martha

Crew

Paul Cox
Director
Paul Cox
Producer
Santhana K. Naidu
Producer
William Marshall
Producer
Barry Dickins
Screenwriter
Paul Cox
Screenwriter
Paul Grabowsky
Composer (Music Score)
Russell Hurley
Editor
Neil Angwin
Production Designer
Aphrodite Kondos
Costume Designer
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