A film version of Banjo Paterson's poem, adapted freely by Beaumont Smith and drawing in characters from other Paterson works, including Kitty Carewe and Saltbush Bill.
Based on A. B. (Banjo) Paterson's classic poem, The Man from Snowy River is a coming-of-age story set in the Snowy River highlands of Northern Victoria and southern NSW in about 1880. Young stockman Jim Craig has lived his first eighteen years in the mountains.The death of his father forces him to leave the family property and go to the low lands to earn enough money to get it back in operation. He finds work on the property of the wealthy Mr Harrison, but when a valuable colt runs off to join a mob of brumbies in the highlands, he is forced to get it back and hopefully clear his name. Harrison offers a reward, which brings to the hunt dozens of the best horsemen in the district (including Clancy of the Overflow). Unimpressed by Jim's undersized mountain horse, Harrison and the other stockmen suggest that he stay behind. Jim uses his knowledge of the mountains and his horse's experience to track the colt down and bring it home. He doesn't ride so much for the reward, however, as to prove his worth to Harrison's headstrong daughter Jessica.
The narrative's sub-plot sees Jim and Jessica caught in the middle of a twenty-year-old feud between Harrison and his twin brother, Spur (who was also Jim's father's best friend and Jessica's now-dead mother's former true love).
'A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including the bush poet Banjo Paterson.
'Banjo Paterson is one of Australia's most loved poets. This is the story of how he came to write his legendary ballads ‘The Man from Snowy River' and ‘Waltzing Matilda'.' (Publication summary)
'The Man from Snowy River appeared in Paterson's first book of verse. It was an immediate success and has remained popular ever since. But did Paterson have anyone in mind when he crafted the Australian classic - was there really a Man from Snowy River? Searching for The Man investigates all candidates for The Man, looking at the evidence - the poem, the location, and other clear criteria - and yields only one possible figure.
'So, who was The Man from Snowy River?'
'Refshauge argues persuasively, if with qualification, that "the ride, if indeed Paterson was aware of it, should have attracted his attention". As is possible. Refshauge has sifted his evidence with such thoroughness and good humour that no dogmatic or definitive conclusion was to be expected. What we have, instead, is a spirited, inquisitive contribution to Australia's cultural and social history, scholarship from outside the academy of a high order.' — Peter Pierce, The Weekend Australian Publisher's blurb)