Cinema: Spinster


Directed by Gill Armstrong Screenplay by Eleanor Witcombe

Rather loftily for a girl living on a wind-worn ranch in the Australian outback, Sybylla proclaims that she belongs to the world of art and literature. Her impoverished parents are exasperated, but not much worried. They assume that the world of family and property will change her mind. The sense-bringing task is undertaken by her wealthy maternal grandmother, who invites her to live at her gracious plantation. There rebellious Sybylla is to learn to dress in a ladylike manner, deal with servants and comport herself properly with proper people.

It is also assumed—and...

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