DirectorAnn Turner Duration Initial DVD releaseDecember 5, 2000 CountryAustralia
Release date1992 Based onnovel by Alan Marshall WriterAlan Marshall (stories), Peter Hepworth (screenplay), Ann Turner (screenplay) CastRussell Crowe (East Driscoll), Charlotte Rampling (Grace McAlister), Alexander Outhread (Alan Marshall), Frankie J. Holden (Bushman Marshall), Jake Frost (Joe Carmichael), Alethea McGrath (Mrs. Bilson) Similar moviesRussell Crowe and Frankie J Holden appear in Hammers Over the Anvil and Proof
TaglineAn aristocratic Englishwoman, an Australian horseman and a young boy on a journey towards the exciting but forbidden world of adults.
Hammers over the anvil
Hammers Over the Anvil is a 1993 Australian biographical romantic drama film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ann Turner. The screenplay was written by Peter Hepworth and Ann Turner. The film is loosely based on the novel by Alan Marshall. The original music score is composed by Not Drowning, Waving.
Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Marshall, the film is set in the early 1900s in a small town in the Western District of Victoria, centering around a young Alan Marshall and the people in his town. Crippled by polio, Alan tries to make sense of his place in a world where a man's physical prowess gains the admiration of women and the envy of his peers, as demonstrated by the horsebreaker East Driscoll, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Charlotte Rampling also stars as an English lady, Grace McAlister, who has moved to the area with her husband. Complications arise as an attraction develops between East and Grace and young Alan deals with the complexities of growing up.
Charlotte Rampling - Grace McAlister
Russell Crowe - East Driscoll
Alex Outhred - Alan Marshall
Frankie J. Holden - "Bushman" Marshall
Amanda Douge - Nellie Bolster
Frank Gallacher - Mr. Thomas (a preacher)
John Rafter Lee - Charles McAlister
Daphne Grey - Mrs. Herbert
Alethea McGrath - Mrs. Blison
Wayne Pygram - Snarley Burns
The project had been around for a number of years. The script was originally written by Peter Hepworth then rewritten by Ann Turner.
It is set and filming in South Australia's Red Creek in seven weeks on 11 October and 29 November 1991.
Hammers Over the Anvil grossed $50,491 at the box office in Australia.