The Mango Tree Poster Original Daybill 1977 Geraldine Fitzgerald
Country Of Origin Daybill Poster. The Mango Tree is a 1977 Australian drama film directed by Kevin James Dobson (The Last Outlaw) and starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Sir Robert Helpmann. Lead actor Christopher Pate is the son of actor Michael Pate (Tim) who also produced and wrote the film. It is based on the book of the same name, by Ronald McKie. Michael Pate originally wanted to direct the film himself, but the AFC did not want him to write, produce and direct, so insisted he find a director. Pate proposed Michael Lindsay-Hogg, son of Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was unable to do it. Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant) almost directed until the South Australian Film Corporation, who had the director under contract, intervened and prohibited him from making it. Then in February 1977, two months before shooting was to begin, Pate hired Kevin James Dobson. The Mango Tree enjoyed reasonable commercial success and Director Dobson is on record as saying he has great affection for the movie.