The Getting of Wisdom

Overview

The suffocating repressiveness of the Victorian era is superbly realized by director Bruce Beresford in The Getting of Wisdom. Thirteen-year-old Laura Susannah Fowle, an incorrigible free spirit from the Australian outback, is enrolled in a prestigious girl's boarding school. The indoctrination process is a rough one, and Laura very nearly loses her individuality and sense of self-worth. When she does mature, however, it is on her terms, and not the school's. Intriguingly, The Getting of Wisdom is based on the ...
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Overview

The suffocating repressiveness of the Victorian era is superbly realized by director Bruce Beresford in The Getting of Wisdom. Thirteen-year-old Laura Susannah Fowle, an incorrigible free spirit from the Australian outback, is enrolled in a prestigious girl's boarding school. The indoctrination process is a rough one, and Laura very nearly loses her individuality and sense of self-worth. When she does mature, however, it is on her terms, and not the school's. Intriguingly, The Getting of Wisdom is based on the reminiscences of a 19th-century female writer who used the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson. Despite its somber dramatic overtones, the film contains moments of uninhibited humor, a trademark of director Beresford.
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Special Features

"Telling Schoolgirl Tales" feature-length documentary; Original Posters; Original Press Kit; Stills Gallery; Theatrical Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • UPC: 738329077624
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,925

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susannah Fowle Laura
Barry Humphries Rev. Strachey
John Waters Rev. Shepherd
Sheila Helpmann Mrs. Gurley
Patricia Kennedy Miss Chapman
Julia Blake Isabella Shepherd
Dorothy Bradley Miss Hicks
Kay Eklund Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl Miss Snodgrass
Diana Greentree Maisie Shepherd
Monica Maughan Miss Day
Candy Raymond Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan Tom Macnamara
Celia Deburgh
Jo-Anne Moore
Amanda Ring
Karen Sutton
Kerry Armstrong
Alix Longman
Janet Shaw
Stephanie Blake
Richard Butler
Kim Deacon Lilith
Maggie Kirkpatrick Sarah, Mrs. Rambotham's companion
Gerda Nicolson
Hilary Ryan Evelyn
Sigrid Thornton Maria
Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Phil Adams Producer
William M. Anderson Editor
Desmond Bone Sound/Sound Designer
Moya Iceton Screenwriter
Rick Kent Art Director
Michael Lake Asst. Director
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
John Stoddart Production Designer
Gale Tattersall Camera Operator
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
Eleanor Witcombe Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Getting of Wisdom
1. Going Away [5:03]
2. Big Red [9:21]
3. French Class [7:27]
4. Cultural Offerings [11:41]
5. Christmas [6:13]
6. New Minister [7:45]
7. Lady Killer [6:28]
8. Storyteller [8:49]
9. Liar [9:45]
10. Shunned [10:54]
11. Eve Leaves [6:08]
12. Graduation [7:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Getting of Wisdom
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Bonus
         Telling School Girl Tales
         Original Press Kit
         Stills Gallery
         Original Posters
         Theatrical Trailer
      Also Available from Kino Lorber
         Tuesday, After Christmas
         El Bulli
   About Kino Lorber
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