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Spanning one hundred years and following five generations of Australian women, The Matilda Waltz takes Banjo Paterson’s popular themes of bush versus city to explore Australian identity at home and abroad, played out against a background of formative historic moments.
Starting in Sydney in 1894, we meet siblings Vera and Ida Templeton, their lawyer Mr Andrew Paterson (better known as Barty to his friends and most famously, Banjo, to his readers) and the cheeky but oh-so-charming Horrie. From here we descend the Templeton family tree through 100 years of war, death and chance meetings, traveling from Australia to France to Vietnam and New York and back again.
Posthumous narration is provided by none other than Australia’s legendary poet, Mr Banjo Paterson, and award-winning artist, Sir Russell Drysdale, who reflect on life, love and the point of it all.
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