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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
Well this is either a 10 for it's uncompromising reality of the hideous existence to be found in Sydney's western suburbs in 1976 Sydney, complete with fool friends car kulture and whiny girlfriends, or it is a 1 for amateurish awfulness complete with dull characters and their factory lives. I will give it a 5 because I lurched between the two. Over all it ends up being an unforgettable poison postcard from another age of wasted time and uneducated lives and hot boring suburbs. As a Ken Loach misery piece it could be a hit in the UK or be easily as brutal as the expose of Saturday Night Fever, which it pre dates. If you see the equally awful/fascinating Aussie film CLUBLAND which manages to combine a loathsome-Loach view with the flat Sydney suburbs by having Brenda Blethyn carrying on like Ethel Merman in a stand up comedy club, then CLUBLAND is an updated FJ HOLDEN. Also a feature of the cast is the American Graffiti / Rebel Without A Cause car race imagery but with thin Oz boy voices instead. FJ HOLDEN was a mild success in 1977 and remembered now mainly because someone bothered to put this boring time and the boring lives led on a film then. Somewhere between fascinating and forgettable, like the lead actors, you might find yourself wandering channels like the protagonists yourself. The opening sequence of rumps pumping in a panel van is enough to make you turn it off there and then, however it does get better as it goes. The best part is when it ends.
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