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The Year My Voice Broke Details


The life of a teen in an isolated small town is the subject of Australian writer/director John Duigan's film, set in 1962 in New South Wales. Duigan's coming-of-age story has many familiar elements -- Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) discovers his sexual attraction to a childhood playmate (Leone Carmen as Freya), he undergoes the taunts of bullies at his school, rages against the narrow-minded views of his parents and many of the townspeople, and comes under the influence of a sympathetic adult (Bruce Spence as Jonah, a would-be writer who lives in an abandoned railroad car). The twist is that Danny's rival for Freya's affections, Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), is a Jewish jock who becomes Danny's friend by standing up to the bullies and treating Freya with more respect than the other boys do. Duigan, who had been making films in Australia since the mid-'70s, broke through to U.S. audiences with this film and its sequel, Ben Mendelsohn, in which Noah Taylor reprises the lead role. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:August 25, 1988


Noah Taylor
as Danny Embling
Leone Carmen
as Freya
Ben Mendelsohn
as Trevor
Graeme Blundell
as Nils Olson
Lynette Curran
as Anne Olson
Bruce Spence
as Jonah
Malcolm Robertson
as Bruce Embling
Judi Farr
as Sheila Embling
Tim Robertson
as Bob Leishman
Harold Hopkins
as Tom Alcock
Nick Tate
as Sgt. Pierce
Vincent Ball
as Headmaster
Kelly Dingwall
as Barry
Mary Regan
as Miss McColl
Matthew Ross
as Malseed
Allan Penney
as Martin


John Duigan
George Miller
Terry Hayes
Doug Mitchell
John Duigan
Geoff Burton
Gene McDaniels
Featured Music
Christine Woodruff
Composer (Music Score)
Neil Thumpston
Roger Ford
Production Designer
Barbara Gibbs
Associate Producer
Ross Linton
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Rotherham
First Assistant Director
Alison Barrett