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 ... See full summary »
Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »
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
This is one of those flicks or may'be I should really say films that makes you proud to be Australian. No great dialogue or real story, the movies a period piece of life in good ol Bankstown, Sydney, '76. Sydney lover that I am, I've only ever driven through Bankstown but never really stopped there. What the FJ Holden, has going for it, apart from good performances from it's leads, one, this being his only acting role, is it's realism and insight into the teen scene, that's very different from today. Starting off with a raw piece of nudity, and sex at one of these lookout points, the film never ceases to entertain. I was roped, as I had not seen the film for fifteen years, never realizing how enjoyable it actually was. Kevin, played nicely by Paul Couzens, a good looking long haired dude, who very much resembles Wings Hauser, falls for Annie (Eva Dickerson, who surpasses Couzens, strong and very realistic in her performance) who he meets in a bar on his birthday. His workmates give him one of hell of a birthday present, prior. Annie's first making it with Couzen's best friend, Bruce, which kinda makes you think she's an easy lay. Their relationship intensifies in the sex department. One afternoon after him and mate get pie eyed, at an all you can lunch buffet, (another grand scene that have Kevin doubling up on his grub) Kevin and Anne get down and dirty, his mate in the living room, nearby, a silent, and highly aroused observer. This puts a real damper on the relationship where Anne, finds this not so amusing as she follows Kevin's look offways to his mate, grinning and that's it. She slaps him, telling him to "grow up". He apologizes, then asks "You still coming to the party tonight". Love it. But that line's a cliché of Kevin's worild, one big party, where Anne's a much more serious gal. That night, Kevin makes a real goose of him, confronting her at this party, really sloshed with his mate. She says to him "Call me when you sober". Things get more dramatic as the cops are called in. How they got away from them in in this chase, I couldn't buy. They get more drunk, while holed out in one of these isolated rest spots. This could be anywhere in Sydney, and FJH fan that I am, would like to know it's exact location. Here, they drown their sorrows (a memorable scene, probably the film's important) his mate lending an ear to his predicament, that us fellas can all relate with. This film keeps falling into realism, but it's colorful and never boring. There are so many sharp observations of suburbia life. Also it's characters are real, no larger that life types, mixing with the reality of the so so dialogue of it's script. One good quality scene is Kevin, having Anne come over for dinner to meet the folks, Kevin's daughter brushing the pees to one side of the plate. Now how many kids have done that? Or going out to a flash restaurant in Milperra and having some snooty waiter serve you. It even makes a observation on pokies, One of Kevin's dad's mates blowing his dole money on those stupid machines that I stopped playing nearly a year ago. The FJ Holden is a Aussie landmark film, not to say it's a great film, but definitely a good film, it's most original line of dialogue I loved, after Kevin's blue with Anne, "Take your shadow with you, he always goes where you go".
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