In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in outback Australia. They swear, brawl, gamble, and drink heavily. Central to the story is the conflict between Tarzan, the authoritarian group leader and cocky loud-mouth wisecracking Pansy. This results in a bare-knuckle punch-up for the movie's denouement. Exteriors filmed in Andamooka, South Australia. Written by
Tim Burstall, director of this movie, once told of the differences between the 'The Last of the Knucklemen' film and the play in an interview with Australian film magazine 'Cinema Papers': "The problem with a play like 'Knucklemen' is that one wants to open it out and show the desert environment. On the the other hand, one needs to maintain the claustrophobia of being locked in a horrible tin shed with eight characters, a million miles from nowhere". See more »
Let's clear these fucking chairs! I've got to murder these mother fuckers!
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Yeah, I thought it was great. I have worked in a number of isolated places where there is not much to do but drink and I thought it was a pretty accurate depiction of the personalities that make up groups like this. I was in East Timor in 2000 which seemed to lure odd characters from outback Australia and other places... Interesting times. I recall Tarz and Pansy promoting the film in Melbourne. They were standing in the middle of the mall with huge polystyrene fists which made the news. I don't think it did very well. Many Australians seem to have the idea that Australian movies are second rate and it's not until the movies or actors do well overseas that are accepted. Nicol Kidman and Hugh Jackman weren't stars in Australia until they made it in Hollywood.
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