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The Valley Between
The Valley Between
Actors: Christian Kohlund, Susan Lyons, Jamie Croft, Sophie Heathcote, Caroline Winnall
Director: Robert Marchand
Genres: Drama, Television
UR     2003     4hr 50min

Bruno Gunther is a feisty, 14-year-old immigrant, growing up in a small farming community in South Australia during the 1930s. While his stern German father preaches hard work, Bruno is constantly tempted by the chance to...  more »

     
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Actors: Christian Kohlund, Susan Lyons, Jamie Croft, Sophie Heathcote, Caroline Winnall
Director: Robert Marchand
Creators: Kim Batterham, Anne Carter, Dagmar Ungureit, Ron Saunders, Terry Jennings, Colin Thiele, Noel Robinson
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/14/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 4hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, German

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Movie Reviews

Impressive features and your money's worth
prince of reviews | Orlando, Florida United States | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For whatever is charged for this video you will be getting your money's worth. There is an impressive 10 hours of video episodes (most 45 minutes) as well as extras about Australia's history on this 2 DVD set. How many movie companies will give you five hours of video and audio material on one DVD. I love the acting of Jamie Croft as Bruno. You get a lot of enjoyment out of watching this 1930's movie about a boy growing up with his family in Australia. This film would be especially good if you have a back seat TV and DVD player in some van and you want to entertain the kids after logging many miles and hours of road time. I would give this movie ten stars if I could. It is that good."
Family Entertainment at its Best
R. Crane | Washington, DC United States | 11/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an utterly delightful look at family life circa 1930's South Australia among the immigrant German community. The acting is so good, the characters seem totally real, and the storyline is gripping. Each of the 6 episodes builds on the previous ones, but is an entire story in itself. From a mischievious, prank-prone boy, we watch the development and growth of Bruno, the main caharcter, as he turns into a responsible, moral and hardworking young man, This is good old fashiioned family entertainment, the way old Disney pictures were. Highly recommended."
Jamie Croft: One talented actor
prince of reviews | Orlando, Florida United States | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this movie. Especially Jamie Croft whose portrayal of Bruno Gunther resonated with me. I liked him a super whole lot. The film is a great movie filmed in South Australia. The boy plays a little mischief, when he runs away from a steer after he lets them in to a fence that has cows. There are other fun scenes like playing pranks on girls (like putting pencils and other things in their hair during class.) I loved some of the music that represented the 1930's. Bruno learns some lessons on what it means to be a man, like focusing on school work. I would highly recommend acquiring this two CD collection if you want a fun movie to resonate with and enjoy. Hollywood should make a dozen more movies like this, before the year is over with."
Excellent, wholesome family entertainment
Alan Majeska | Bad Axe, MI, USA | 10/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw episodes 2 and 3 of "The Valley Between" on 2 VHS tapes from the Brittania catalog in 1998, then called "Life on an Australian Prairie." I thought it was excellent then, and seeing these VHS tapes prompted me to buy the whole series this past summer from Amazon.com. I particularly enjoyed the wholesome scenes of family life, not too different from Michael Landon's adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" TV series (1974-83). The actors in "The Valley Between" are all excellent, and very believable in their roles, but I enjoyed especially the acting of Jamie Croft (age 15 in 1996 when this was made) who plays Bruno Gunter, a 14 year old boy living in a the country near a small village in eastern Australia in the 1930s. His father, a stern German immigrant, insists on hard work and high moral values from his son. Bruno is often day-dreaming, not attentive in school, preferring to be with his friends, or visitng with neighbors. There are some comic elements, and some dramatic moments, too. But although Bruno appears irresponsible and his father too stern and gruff at times, there is and understanding between them and a good personal chemistry.

Most of the actors in the cast are Australians, and there are cast bios included on one of the DVDs. Marcos Gunter, Bruno's father, is played by Christian Kohlund, who according to his bio is from Switzerland; I've seen Kohlund in Canadian TV shows set in the 1800s, with a similar theme to "The Valley Between."

[...] The lack of extreme violence and foul language also makes this a desirable series for families: wholeome entertainment. Highly recommended."