The Back of Beyond

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 07:54
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Just a heads up for anyone interested.

A series of John Heyer films about the Birdsville track featuring the Birdsville mailman Tom Kruse has just been released. This is a recent compilation of John Heyer's work and although I have not seen it as yet I believe it contains some interviews with surviving family members of both Tom Kruse and John Heyer.

From what I understand the proceeds go to the Flying Doctor Service which was the main charity Tom Kruse supported throughout his life.

Should be a very interesting 2 DVD set.

Available from the ABC shops and the current price is $30.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 08:12

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 08:12
Went to a release of the film back in June here in Adelaide, the speaker was Ian Doyle from the ABC.....very interesting night and bought a copy of the movie.

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4129598.htm
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:27

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:27
what a great story of Tom , he was reluctant to be given legend status ,saying he was just doing his job ,
3 people in Australia deserve that status , Tom cruise , Len Beadell
and Weary Dunlop .
my 2 bobs worth !!
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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:13

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:13
Tom KRUSE...not that American goose !!!
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 14:07

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 14:07
Tom Cruise can't be that much of a goose as he has more money then all of us on this forum put together....... yes I understand where your coming from.

There are many who deserve legend status.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 15:47

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 15:47
mechpete - I'd agree and add John Flynn to that list as well.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:31

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:31
I was given a copy of the 2 DVD set as a present a while back. Thoroughly recommend it for any of us that find this sort Australian history of interest.
The 1st one was filmed by the crew accompanying Tom on one of his trips.
The second was after the old Leyland Badger was brought back from where he had abandoned it on Pandi Station and restored. He drove it for a recreation of the mail route before it was put into a museum.
Very interesting stuff.

Cheers
Pop
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Reply By: wombat100 - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:15

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:15
There was a very interesting segmant on ABCTV Landline lastweekend.
Worth following up if you can check out ABC archives

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:58

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:58
That was the teaser that got my attention Wombat.

Unfortunately it was more to do with the family interviews and some background and not so much of the man himself. All good stuff though.

I just wish they would get all the old footage from any source and put it out there for purchase. Sure beats the TV any day. It is also good to see the way we were. Helps us gauge how far we have come.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 13:36

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 13:36
Hullo Bruce

Having seen the original a few times and the story about making the film before including the reenactment, I found the interviews with family members and background very interesting as it gave another perspective re the people involved and the filming.

Cheers
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 22:19

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 22:19
The original film The Back of Beyond is available from the iTunes store.
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