form y Summer of the Seventeenth Doll single work   film/TV  
Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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Roo and Barney are Queensland canecutters who have spent the off-season in Melbourne with their girlfriends for sixteen years. Each summer, Barney ritualistically presents his girl Olive, a barmaid, with a kewpie doll. But the seventeenth summer is different; time has begun to take its toll. The themes of faded dreams, idealism, disillusionment, and the determination to live bring out a quintessential Australian boisterous flavour while portraying what happens when the values of the outback hero conflict with urban domesticity.


  • A filmed version of John Sumner's 1979 Melbourne Theatre Company production.

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Last amended 21 Sep 2012
  • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1950s
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