Hammers Over the Anvil 1993
Not Rated | 1h 37min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 22 July 1994 (Australia)
This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English beauty Grace McAlister and the affair that young Alan witnesses developing between Grace and East. Things inevitably take a turn towards the tragic when East becomes determined to force Grace to leave her husband and run away with him.
Beautiful, passionate rites of passage film. Ann Turner, the director, chose her actors well. Charlotte Rampling’s cool femininity and Russell Crowe’s intense masculinity created a special chemistry on screen. Ann Turner had some very delicate scenes to direct and used an subtle and artful touch. The opening scene was glorious and a joy to see an actor (or anyone) so comfortable in their own skin.
The young boy who played Alan Marshall (Alexander Outhred) was absolutely wonderful. There was a magical, childlike wonder and innocence about the love scene between East & Grace that Alan witnesses and another reason why this film is so good. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone who is able to see it… I’ll just say this could become one of my favorite films. It’s possible that this will be released on VHS soon.
Director: Ann Turner
Writers: Alan Marshall (stories), Peter Hepworth (screenplay)
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Russell Crowe, Alexander Outhred
Release Date: 22 July 1994 (Australia)
Filming Locations: Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia