Synopsis by Mark Deming
Beautiful location filming highlights this romantic comedy/adventure from Australia. Walter (Bryan Brown) is a shy mailman who delivers a route in the small town of Talok Spring near Australia's Whitsunday Islands. Walter has long had a crush on Claudia (Aleksandra Vujcic), who works at a barmaid in Talok Spring's local tavern. Walter politely lets Claudia tag along on a routine mail flight, though postal regulations expressly forbid it, and when a storm causes the plane to crash in the bay near an island, Walter and Claudia are able to swim to shore. For Walter, this is a dream come true -- the weather is beautiful, fruit, vegetables and seafood are in abundance, and he's alone with the woman he loves. However, Claudia, who does not return Walter's affection, is less than enthusiastic, and with good reason. It seems she stole a large quantity of gold and stashed it on the plane before takeoff, and is in no small hurry to recover it before the crime is traced back to her. Dear Claudia marked the feature film debut for writer/director Chris Cudlipp.