After a long, hard day cutting up and hauling a downed tree out of my in-laws’ driveway, I’m sitting down on the sofa with a lovely cup of tea and watching McLeod’s Daughters. I love this show. I got hooked during a weekend freebie of WE on satellite a couple of years ago. Lately I’ve been watching it on Netflix. It’s the most recent in a life-long love affair I’ve had with Aussie western type shows.
I grew up with The Man From Snowy River and Return to Snowy River, both of which I could quote verbatim by the age of eight. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I found out Tom Burlinson is actually from New Jersey originally. Of course my love affair at that age with those were entirely because of the horses. I was crazy about all things horse. Read every Walter Farley and Margerite Henry book I could get my hands on. I even adopted (from afar) a wild mustang with a year’s allowance. After those movies, I moved on to the Snowy River: McGregor Saga. Not as fabulous as the movie versions, though the love story with Matt and Kathleen was nice. That was, I suppose, a mark of my growing up that I watched as much for the relationships as the horses.
I loved the western but not western feeling of the whole series. Great period pieces. Then of course I like the more modern versions like McLeod’s Daughters. Cattle stations in the bush! Empowered women! More horses! I’ve read a bunch of contemporary American westerns, but I haven’t found any Aussie ones. Not that I’ve looked hard. But I adore this kind of story. I think partly because it seems sometimes like a less complicated life. No offices, no desks. Wide open spaces, riding fences, taking care of animals. A lot less of the bullshit related to corporate life. Not to mention all those cowboys in tight Levis. 😀
Anyway, can anybody think of a good Aussie based sort of western–movie or book?