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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 ›
My favorite character, besides Fox's, is a wonderful talking pig, apparently a reincarnated sea captain who sings chanties and dances a hornpipe, and (more realistically) expects to end up on the table at Christmas. Magical realism is an acquired taste, but it looks like it's here to stay, at least as long as folks continue to need a little magic in their lives. And who can blame them for that in our otherwise coldly scientific, less religiously mystical world. Plus, it sells tickets/dvd's.
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 ›
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
This surprised me. I bought it because I wanted to see Essie Davis after becoming a Miss Fisher Mysteries fan. Read morePublished 23 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 23 months ago by VPL
This mini series is interesting, but not all of the story threads are brought to life or resolved. And by not fleshing the stories out or resolving them it makes the overall... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Desdimona
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 on June 1, 2014 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 on May 18, 2014 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 on March 28, 2014 by LimeyLe