Celebrate National Australia Day With The Classic Mini-Series “Kings In Grass Castles”

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January 26, 2016 — Today is the official National Day of Australia, which makes it the perfect time to watch the epic mini-series Kings in Grass Castles.

The book on which the mini-series is based tells the story of author Mary Durack‘s family as they moved from Western Ireland to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century. It is a multi-generational epic, starting with the story of Patrick Durand, Mary’s grandfather, who first pioneered into what were, in European eyes, relatively unknown areas of the country. Within 45 years Durand and his sons would settle in and develop three areas: Cooper’s Creek (Queensland), the Ord River in Western Australia and Goulburn in New South Wales. They brought herds of cattle, interacted with indigenous populations throughout their journeys and established a family empire, while holding onto their Irish heritage and values.

They had left Ireland to avoid famine, poverty and a lack of any opportunities. In Australia they endured almost unimaginable hardships — isolation, floods, droughts, disease, deaths, devastating heat, poisonous flora and fauna, natives who intended to push the family off of their lands, wild animals and disease-carrying insects (not to mention the Depression) — but they persevered and established a cattle empire that would cover vast tracts of Australian territory. 

Written in 1959, the book is an Australian classic.

Veteran actor James Fox (The Remains of the Day, The Falklands Play, Passage to India) heads the large cast which includes Stephen Dillane (The Hours, King Arthur) Imelda Corcoran (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Susan Lynch (Interview with the Vampire, Waking Ned Devine) and Max Cullen (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Watch Kings in Grass Castles, the award-winning two-part mini-series.

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