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
Playwright John Power once said of how long it took to write this film's source 'The Last of the Knucklemen' play: "It took me a year I suppose of writing the characters, the scenes, and just working it out. I was fairly desperate at that time because I realized I wasn't a natural novelist and I was unlikely to work in that area. The minor success that I'd had with the 'The Hot Centre Of The World' had indicated that I could do it...". See more »
[enters bunkhouse, surveys the room for a moment, then starts throwing chairs]
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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