Jackaroo

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JACKAROO The Story

Jack Simmonds is a Jackaroo, a worker on a cattle ranch. He is the son of a part Aboriginal itinerant worker, but his good looks and fiery spirit have earned him a reputation as a brawler and ladies’ man.

Fate brings Jack to Glen Ayre, a huge cattle station run by the wealthy and powerful Logan family. Two sisters have inherited the Logan fortune. One a spinster (who runs the property), the other married to a Perth tycoon with a teenager daughter, Clare.

Jack learns that Hamish Logan, co-founder of the Empire, took an Aboriginal wife and was later murdered by her tribe. Jack Simmonds, the Jackaroo is a descendant of that union. If not legal, then certainly by blood and Aboriginal law, he is part of the Logan family. The conflicts of race and heritage begin…

Jack falls in love with Clare and she becomes pregnant. Clare goes into hiding and the baby will be adopted.

And so begins Jack’s struggle to claim his inheritance, the women he loves and the child he has never seen.

Set against the backdrop of the Australian Outback, and the white man’s grab for mineral wealth, Jakaroo is a story of love, jealousy, greed and revenge. A story of love that transcends race and class. A love that changes an entire dynasty - a love as uncompromising and compelling as the outback country in which the story unfolds.
 

 

JACKAROO - The cast:

Annie Jones (from the international hit series “Neighbours”) plays
Clare-the willful 17 year old who bears Jack’s child. Annie’s portrayal
will captivate her millions of admirers.
David McCubbin brings to life Jack Simmonds-the Jackaroo, a ruthless
charmer with both black and white blood in his veins, and a
determination to claim his rightful inheritance.
Renowned actor Warren Mitchell plays Barberton, the pirate king born two centuries too late.
Tina Bursill is Martha. The woman who runs the Logan empire
single-handedly with courage and determination. That courage will soon
be put to its greatest test.


Locations include: Cue, a remote settlement eight hour drive from Perth, and Meekatharra, a further two hour drive from Cue, with both settlements under the watchful eye of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Daily temperatures were in the high 30’s Celsius (110F). In order to film in these dry conditions the producers, Crawford Australia, established a mini township for 70 people, bringing in water, food, and all film equipment.
Executive Producer Terry Ohlsson remarked … “the Outback we are seeing in JACKAROO has never been filmed before, and the results are breathtaking”.