Lara hardly remembers her father until the death of her mother, when she has to go and live with him and his new wife, the enigmatic Gladwyn and their four children, Pearl, Garnet Opal and Jasper. She feels an intruder and fears she will never find love. Then she meets Thunderwith, the mysterious dog who comes and goes and somehow seems to give her the strength to go on. But the bully Gowd Gadrey does his best to spoil this, bringing Lara into the family in a way she never expected
The Echo of Thunder is an Australian family drama movie, released for television in 1998. It is based on the novel Thunderwith by Australian children's author Libby Hathorn. It was aired on CBS in the United States as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
The movie is a story of a man Larry Ritchie, who lives with his second wife and three kids on an Australian farm in the Wallingat Forest NSW. He learns about fatal illness of his first wife which leaves his eldest daughter, Lara,alone in the world. Larry decides to take the girl into his home, but his new family doesn't like the idea. The mother Gladwyn is possessive of Larry and their three children, Pearl, Opal and Jasper. Lara seeks solace with a mysterious dog she names Thunderwith that appears from time to time on the property. The dog seems to the girl to be a link to her beloved mother and an important companion. The story concentrates on the relationship between mother Gladwyn and stepdaughter, as Lara is slowly accepted into the family.
The movie was shot in Mount Beauty, Victoria and directed by Simon Wincer. Hallmark Channel produced the movie and the story undertook several changes, for example, the four Ritchie children became only three on the set. Judy Davis, who played the mother Gladwyn was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the movie.