The Road From Coorain is an emotionally compelling drama about childhood and the remarkable relationship between two special women. It was broadcast on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater in 2002 and 2003 but it is now available on DVD.

Jill Ker, played by Katherine Slattery, who was born in the 1930’s on a sheep ranch in New South Wales. She learns to love the land she was born on and the allure of books.

While her brothers are sent away to boarding school Jill stays at home to work along side with her beloved father Bill, played by Richard Roxburgh while her mother, Eve, played by Juliet Stevenson, a strong willed woman, taught her everything she knows.

Although the family is strong the years of drought take their toll on Coorain and on the family. Jill survives several family tragedies including her father being killed in an accident, as she grows into a young woman filled with passion and ambition. With the loss of Jill’s Father, her mother doesn’t handle her grief well and things start to become more difficult for everyone in the family.

Jill eventually finds the strength to break free from her mother and her country to go out and find herself as an author and to become the first female president of Smith Colege.

Also starring in this drama, is Tim Guinee as Jill’s first love, Alec Merton.

The Road From Coorain won several major Australian awards including the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Miniseries/Telemovie, the Australian Film Institute for Best Actress, Best Direction and Best Telefeature or Mini-Series and awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Writer’s Guild.

This DVD runs approximately 97 minutes and it goes on sale March 2, 2010. You can get your copy by clicking on the Amazon icon at the top of this page.

Jan Barrett

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