Harp in the South (2002)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 286 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

One family's search for a better life leads them away from the land of their birth to a new and different place in this made-for-TV drama. The Darcy family -- father Hughie (Martyn Sanderson); his wife, Mumma (Anne Plelan); and daughters, Dolour (Kaarin Fairfax) and Rosie (Anna Hruby) -- are, like many working-class households, struggling to make ends meet in the face of crushing poverty in Ireland after the end of World War II. Believing that pastures are greener elsewhere, Hughie strikes upon the idea of moving the family to Australia, but the Darcys quickly learn that life isn't much easier for them down under, and as the family struggles to keep body and soul together, they learn they can rely on little but one another. Originally aired as a miniseries, Harp in the South was popular enough to spawn a sequel, Poor Man's Orange.



Australia, family, Ireland, poverty, working-class