The story exhibits the classic elements
of tragedy – heroic struggle and the quest for something great; a hero
beset by difficulties, enemies and his own inner failings, who sacrifices
himself for the good of others. It
catches the excitement of the age of the pioneers and the majesty of the
human spirit struggling against all obstacles and ultimately triumphing.
Moreover it captures something of the
indomitable courage and the humour of those early diggers. It touches on
the fortunes of different populations of indigenous peoples coping or
failing to cope with tremendous cultural and social upheaval.
the lush greenery of
and the spectacular mountains of
contrast dramatically with the colours of the parched Australian
Outback. The story plays to
the drama and panoply of Empire and the emergence of a great country
onto the world stage. The
works undertaken at the time are themselves of heroic scale - compelling
subjects for film.
There could be
few more fitting ways to mark a century of Australian Federation than to
commit to film the story of the life and work of C.Y. O'Connor.