Release date16 December 1976 Initial releaseDecember 16, 1976 (Australia) CastLionel Long (Charles Dawson), Spike Milligan (Hawker), Michael Preston (OShaughnessy), Judi Connelli (Woman in Shop), Danny Adcock (Trroper Hayes) Similar moviesMoving Out (1983), The Silver Brumby (1993), The Mango Tree (1973), The Little Convict (1979), The Wild Country (1970)
Barney is a 1976 Australian film for children set during the convict era. A 12-year-old boy and a convict are shipwrecked together.
In the 1880s, a small boy called Barney, a wombat called Amanda and an Irish convict called Rafe are the sole survivors of a shipwreck. They head off to Ballarat together to find Barney's father. On the way two gypsy woman drug Rafe and try to steal Barney's money. Rafe is wrongly accused of horse theft and his imprisoned by Barney helps him scape. Barney is eventually reunited with his father.
Brett Maxworthy as Barney Dawson
Sean Kramer as Rafe Duggan
Lionel Long as Charles Dawson
Spike Milligan as Hawker
Jack Allen as Sergeant
The budget was provided by Columbia Pictures and Australian Film Commission. Shooting began in May 1976 on the New South Wales coast and at the Australiana village at Wilberforce.
Despite the involvement of a Hollywood studio, commercial results were disappointing in Australia. However it performed better in Hong Kong and Japan.