The Love Letters from Teralba Road


''The Love Letters from Teralba Road'' is a 1977
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directed by Stephen Wallace. In 1980 David Stratton called it "not only the most moving love story given to us by the Australian cinema, but also probably the best featurette of the decade."David Stratton, ''The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival'', Angus & Robertson, 1980 p286


Len (Bryan Brown) and his wife Barbara (Kris McQuade) have separated after he beat her in a drunken rage. He tries to get her back with a series of letters.


*Kris McQuade as Barbara *Bryan Brown as Len *Gia Carides as Maureen *Joy Hruby as Len's Mother *Kevin Leslie as Barbara's Father *Ashe Venn as Norma *Don Chapman as Foreman


Wallace found a number of letters in a Sydney flat in 1972 which had been written by a man living in Newcastle in 1959. He had beaten up his wife, who subsequently moved to Sydney, and was asking for her forgiveness.Danny Torsh, "Love Letters and Stephen Wallace", ''Cinema Papers'', January 1978 p221-223 Wallace drew from these to write and direct the short film. The film is Bryan Brown's screen debut. The budget was provided in part by the Creative Development Branch of the Australian Film Commission. The film won three awards at the 1977 AACTA Awards, AFI Awards (Best Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film, Best Short Fiction Film, Special Award) and in 1978 the Interfilm Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.IMDb awards
/ref> The original woman to whom the letters had been written was tracked down by a journalist and was upset by the film and threatened to sue. She eventually agreed to not to after seeing the movie and meeting Wallace.



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