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Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around the western suburbs of Sydney in Kevin's yellow FJ Holden, looking for girls. One day Kevin meets Anne. Anne works in a large shopping center. Anne and Kevin spend some time together until one day Kevin gets drunk and tries to make love to Anne with Bob watching. Anne throws them out of her house. When Anne later refuses to be pacified, Kevin becomes aggressive and causes a scene at a party. The police are called. Kevin escapes but later returns home to find the police waiting there for him. Written by
A snapshot of Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s style.
'The FJ Holden' is a snapshot of Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Or perhaps Sydney's West, the much-maligned lower end of the real estate market in those days, the place where 'girls don't go alone, not if they have any self-respect'. I've lived there all of my life and know this film is more of a documentary than a movie. It has no plot and that's okay. It's a slice of life and was never supposed to have a beginning or an end. Compare it to 'The Bicycle Thieves' if you will. Every shot, every line, every word is evocative of the period and location. Malign it if you will, but to those of us who lived through the 70s, its a mirror of those times and a masterpiece.
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