Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a talent for gambling. A country girl of ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia.)
The heroine, Sybylla (Davis), a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man (Harry played by Niel) whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money.
Oscar and Lucinda (1997) R - Director: Gillian Armstrong - Writers: Peter Carey, Laura Jones - Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds - After a childhood of abuse by his evangelistic father, misfit Oscar Hopkins becomes an Anglican minister and develops a divine obsession with gambling. - DRAMA / ROMANCE