Nino, a young Italian journalist, comes to Sydney to work on his cousin's Italian language newspaper, only to find that the cousin has fled to Canada, leaving nothing but debts. Nino starts to pay them off and to learn English, discovering Australia and its customs in the process.
Faced with the continuing impossibility of mounting another feature film in Britain, Powell next went to Australia, where his older son planned to work in television. They're a Weird Mob (1966) proved a milestone in the emergent Australian film industry, based on a best-selling novel and scripted pseudonymously by Pressburger. What the film lacked in sophistication, it made up for in affectionate mockery of Australian customs and the poignancy of the immigrant's experience.
Ian Christie (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire)