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The Fringe Dwellers
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Produced by Sue Milliken
Written by Bruce Beresford
Rhoisin Beresford
Starring Kristina Nehm
Justine Saunders
Kylie Belling
Music by George Dreyfus
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Editing by Tim Wellburn
Release date(s) October 1986
Running time 98 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Fringe Dwellers is a novel written by the Western Australian author Nene Gare first published in 1961[1]. It was made into a film directed by Bruce Beresford in 1986.


The Film

A young Aboriginal girl dreams of life beyond the family camp that sits on the fringe of white society. The Fringe Dwellers is acclaimed as being the first Australian film featuring Indigenous actors in all the major roles. The Fringe Dwellers received critical and international success when it was released in 1986 but gained only a lukewarm reception in Australia. [2]


The film was nominated for 7 AFI Awards and won for the Best Adapted Screenplay (Bruce Beresford, Rhoisin Beresford). It was also entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


  • Justine Saunders as Mollie Comeaway
  • Kristina Nehm as Trilby Comeaway
  • Kylie Belling as Noonah Comeaway
  • Bob Maza as Joe Comeaway
  • Denis Walker as Bartie Comeaway
  • Ernie Dingo as Phil
  • Marlene Bell as Hannah
  • Malcolm Silva as Charlie
  • Michele Miles as Blanchie
  • Michelle Torres as Audrena
  • Lisa-Jane Stockwell as Matron


  1. ^ Nene Gare, The Fringe Dwellers, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1966 (first published by Heinemann, London, 1961).
  2. ^ Australianscreen - info
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Fringe Dwellers". Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  • Murray, Scott; (ed.) (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 252. ISBN 1863733116.  
  • The Fringe Dwellers at the Australian screen

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