The Well (1997 film)

The Well is a 1997 Australian film directed by Samantha Lang and starring Pamela Rabe, Miranda Otto, Paul Chubb, and Frank Wilson. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Jolley.

The Well
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Directed bySamantha Lang
Written byElizabeth Jolley (novel)
Laura Jones
StarringPamela Rabe
Miranda Otto
Paul Chubb
Frank Wilson
CinematographyMandy Walker
Edited byDany Cooper
Release date
  • 31 July 1997 (1997-07-31)
Running time
101 minutes
Budget$3 million


A young girl named Katherine and her older friend Hester live on an isolated farm run by Hester and her father Francis. Katherine works as a maid and wants to leave because there's too much work. Hester, however, becomes attracted to Katherine and holds her there, promising to give her less work in the future. When Francis dies, Hester decides to sell the farm for cash. They move to small cottage on the edge of the farm and plan to go to Europe. But a tragic accident and the theft of their money change their plans.



Sandra Levy bought the rights to the novel and hired Laura Jones to adapt. They worked on the project for around six years then Samantha Lang became involved as director.[1]


Box officeEdit

The Well grossed $393,920 at the box office in Australia.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Interview with Sam Lang", Signet, 23 July 1997. Retrieved 19 November 2012
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Well". Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  3. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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