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Orange Love Story

Film by Tom Cowan

Year: 2004, 83 mins
Code: TC-Orange
ISBN: 978-1-921895-50-0

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A tale of a town called Orange and the people who live there. A story too, of longing and courage, which unveils some of the different faces of love. A teenage daughter, a single mother, a caring brother, a romantic girl, an abusive father, a young rebel, a dreamy farmhand and a tough farmer - their stories connect, affecting each other and the challenges they face in their rural lives. All brave love and loss, together weaving a story - a country love story - in a place called Orange.

Director: Tom Cowan
Producers: Tom Cowan and Murray Inglis
Writers: Adam Bowen and Tom Cowan
Cinematographers: Murray Lui and Hugh Miller
Composer: John Simmons
Editor: Kit Guyatt

Cast:  Kay Nankervis, Banjo Fitzsimons, Vince Melton

Tom Cowan has a distinguished film career as a director and as a cinematographer. While a trainee at ABC-TV in the early 1960s, he directed The Dancing Class. It won the AFI's Best Film of the Year, and also a First Prize at the Commonwealth Awards in Edinburgh.  In the ‘70s, he was part of the 'Larrikins in London'. With Germaine Greer, Robert Stigwood, Martin Sharp, Arthur Boyd, John Weiley, Richard Neville and many others, he worked (as Director of Photography) on Philippe Mora's wacky musical feature film Trouble In Molopolis.

Cowan wrote, co-produced and directed four feature films at this time. His Journey Among Women won the AFI's Most Creative Feature Film Award in 1977. The other feature films as director are The Office Picnic, Promised Woman and Sweet Dreamers. Tom was also the support system to other directors in the '80s. For John Duigan he photographed four features including the seminal Mouth To Mouth and Winter of our Dreams with Judy Davis and Bryan Brown.

Over the years, Cowan has worked as a cinematographer on numerous productions, in various countries:  the Indian film Samskara (directed by Pattabhi Rama Reddy), which won India's Best Feature (President's Award) and many international prizes including the Silver Lion at Locarno; the IMAX film Antarctica, which won the Prix du Jury at the Festival de la Geode and has taken over US$100 million at the box office; the IMAX film Africa's Elephant Kingdom for Michael Caulfield, which stayed in Variety's Top 50 grossing list for over two years and netted Cowan the Australian Cinematographer Society's Gold Award; the TV series Survivor 2 - Down Under, which gained Cowan an Emmy nomination in 2001; the Disney film The Young Black Stallion in 2004; among others.

His first Local Emotion Picture feature film entitled Orange Love Story was made in 2004 and was a big hit at film festivals.


"One of the year's best films" - Adrian Martin, The Age.

"Orange Love Story is gripping in its drama and profoundly moving in its effect. Stripped of the 'artificial' highs and lows of the conventional romantic film. Cowan's 'local emotion picture' is quietly hopeful. The film's idiosyncratic ambience (the very human awkwardness of the central performances) is ultimately very seductive.”-  Peter Galvin, Inside Film.

"A moving insight into the lives of ordinary people living in a large country town; many of the characters are played by non-professional actors who are, in effect, living variations of their own lives for the camera. Orange Love Story is something a bit special; it contains true stories and real people, and that gives this very modest film its authenticity and its heart.” – David Stratton, At the Movies.  

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