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"Funny, warm, real, heartbreaking and altogether masterly" -The Guardian (U.K.)
"Stunning" -Western Mail (U.K.)
"Infused with Winton’s rich language" -The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Adapted by Tim Winton from his award-winning novel, this acclaimed Australian miniseries is gripping, poignant, and gorgeous. Set around Perth from 1943-63, it tells the story of two rural families, each scarred by catastrophe, who end up sharing a large, ramshackle house that shudders and groans with memories of its own.
The Lambs are hardworking, God-fearing, and devastated by a horrific accident. The Pickles are luckless and derelict, blown by the winds of fate and their own bad decisions. The families couldn’t be more different, yet they find common ground beneath the same roof. Years pass and they stay together, shouting, brawling, laughing, loving, and enduring. Exquisitely filmed with an outstanding ensemble cast led by Kerry Fox (An Angel at My Table), Cloudstreet is "a triumph" (The Australian).
BONUS Behind-the-scenes segments including Adapting an Australian Classic, Creating the World of Cloudstreet, From Novel to Script to Screen, Creating the Magic, Creating the Music, and more
Top Customer Reviews
The story revolves around two rural working class families that decide to share a residence in a suburb of Perth. Both are coming from years of struggle, and one family is coping with a recent tragedy. This immense new home begins to symbolize new life, new possibility. Over the episodes, the house itself is a central and stabilizing character in its own right--the thing that repeatedly keeps the disparate plot threads tied together.Read more ›
SDH SUBTITLES for all 6 episodes of this story told through the mind of the brain-damaged Fish Lamb.
~~~~~1 Lamb boy is mentally injured in a near-drowning. Sam Pickles loses fingers on his working hand then inherits a house; but he's a gambler with a wife & 3 kids. The Lamb parents with 6 kids lease half the house, yard, & even get their own private privy. Filmed around Perth, Australia.
~~~~~2 Oriel & Lester lamb open a store, growing food in their yard; intent on bettering their lot. Dolly Pickles takes to drink & men. Simple Fish latches on to a pig while his brother Quick witnesses an accident. It's a hard life on Cloud Street as WWII ends.
~~~~~3 Years later, both families yet sharing the house, except for Orry who prefers canvas I in the back yard. Terrible, horrible lives continue plaguing members. Troublesome to watch. One child can take no more.
~~~~~4 Bob Crab's still in the area, a man who has unfinished business with the house. A Lamb boy spreads despair beyond the family. Pa Pickles goes into hiding from betting debt; his wife leashes her lust on Pa Lamb, easy pickin's being a man long without.
~~~~~5 Grief again visits the Cloud Street abode. Will it come again? Quick returns glowing like a space alien. Weird. A pig sings. What's with that?Read more ›
Racially this is more than a little irritating because the Aboriginal stories lead you deeper into the stories of the Lamb and Pickles families. There is a very disturbing scene of little Aboriginal girls hanging over the house as if they had been lynched or committed suicide. This is never further revealed or explained.
Overall movie was interesting but seemed to be trying hard to be so, using a little shock, a little oddity, and a little whatever as devices to boost the interest factor. Overall I could deal with this. But the stories of the Aboriginals crashed this movie for me. Their use as devices is very discouraging.
Through their portrayals the writer, Winton, seems to be trying to include the mistreatment of Aboriginal people by white Australian society in the story. The history of Aboriginal people in Australia becomes a real force in this film, but the stories of the Aboriginals shown are given short shrift. So with these two treatments of Aboriginals in the film, even though a wrong of history is acknowledged, in the end there is a feeling that the Aboriginal characters and the Aboriginal history in the film are shallow devices by Winton to create interest, more than they and Australia's history are supposed to be really a part of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not seen the movie yet, but based on the book I expect it to be great.
I have read the book. The book was amazing. It felt like you were right there. Read more
Bought this because the subject matter looked very unusual plus I wanted to see more of Essie Davis (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries). Was not disappointed in the series or Ms. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard M
This surprised me. I bought it because I wanted to see Essie Davis after becoming a Miss Fisher Mysteries fan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dragon Lady
Loaded with profanity and is very depressing. I couldn't watch it all the way through. I'm very disappointed in the purchase and would recommend total avoidance of it.Published 18 months ago by VPL
If you like drama, mystery as well as the out back you will love this series. I watch it 3 times and I am always Pleased.Published 20 months ago by honoluludiva
I have read the classic book Cloud street, and the mini series captures the essence of the book. Poor people struggling in life, that live in a run down house, but we also see what... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ultrarunner
I have never read this book nor heard of the author to be honest. This is a very complex story with lots of characters so in some ways I think I may have disliked the book due to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by LimeyLe
Very good acting, BUT, you needed to know from the BEGINNING, that it's the story seen through the eyes of the younger boy,
and you don't find that out until after it's ended. Read more