Bush Christmas remake on NITV

Here’s a bit of a rarity for the festive season…

Tomorrow night NITV will screen the 1983 remake of Bush Christmas which features a young Nicole Kidman in her very first feature role.

Outback Queensland, the early 1950s. The Thompson family – struggling to keep their outback farm from foreclosure – place their financial hopes on their horse, Prince, a favourite to win the New Year’s Cup.

However, two horse rustlers named Bill and Sly (John Ewart and John Howard) steal Prince and make their way to a nearby mountain range to escape. But the thieves have underestimated the resourceful Thompson kids John (Mark Spain) and Helen (a 15-year- old Nicole Kidman in her film debut).

Although left alone by their drover father and stranded by the thieves, the children saddle up their own horses and chase after the crooks with the aid of station-worker Manalpuy and their English cousin Michael (James Wingrove).

Directed by Henri Safran (Stormboy), the film also stars Peter Sumner (The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith) as father Ben Thompson, and features the music of the Australian band, The Bushwackers.

Friday, 22 December at 8.30pm on NITV.

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