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The Dirtwater Dynasty (1987)



Directors: Michael Jenkins, John Power
Writers: John Duigan, Terry Hayes

Anne-Louise Lambert … Emma Tarbox
Victoria Longley … Kate/Nancy/Sarah
Dennis Miller … Hasky Tarbox
Judy Morris … Frances Eastwick
Peter Phelps … David Eastwick
Bruce Spence … Lonely Logan
Hayden Topperwien … >oung Richard Eastwick
Hugo Weaving … Richard Eastwick
Harold Hopkins … Rev. McBride

“Dirtwater Dynasty” is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London slums in 1878, he comes to Australia at age 20, with nothing but a handful of courage and a dream. He acquires land, marries and raises a family, wins loyal friends and makes bitter enemies, and builds a land and cattle ranching empire. Both world wars and the economic depression take their toll on his family. But his dream to create a dynasty gives him a reason to continue