The Getting of Wisdom (1977)


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1h 41min


Susannah Fowle
Laura Tweedle Rambotham
Terence Donovan
Tom McNamara
Patricia Kennedy
Miss Chapman
Candy Raymond
Miss Zielinski
Barry Humphries
Rev. Strachey
John Waters
Rev. Shepherd


The Getting of Wisdom is based on the 1910 novel by Henry Handel Richardson (born Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson). Her novel is thought to be an account of her own schooldays at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. The film is about a young girl, Laura Tweedle-Rambotham who grew up in the outback, and at around the age of 14, is sent off by her poor mother who has scrimped and saved for her to go to a prestigious women’s private college in Melbourne, the Presbyterian Ladies College.

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