The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl, their drug use and his band. These events... See full summary »
In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a ... See full summary »
Young miners Mike and Johnny (Colin Friels and Harold Hopkins) work in the gem fields of central Queensland around Emerald. Conflict arises when their pick-and-shovel operation is threatened by a large scale bulldozer operator.
In the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia, the most popular sport is Hard Knuckle, a bloodier form of pool. Steve Bisley (Goose from Mad Max) is Harry, a pool hustler, who wants to beat Knuckle champ Top Dog, to get his bike back.
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
A "knuckle man" has been defined by 'The Free Dictionary' as a mining engineering term for "a worker who connects mine cars to and disconnects them from cables and also couples cars into trains". The knucklemen characters in this movie though do not do this but are miners who work on a mine drilling site. However, the meaning of knucklemen has more to do with fist-fighting between men, the knuckle of the word relating to the knuckle of a fist used in brawling. The Australian colloquial phrase "knuckle sandwich" is Australian slang for a punch as in a fight or punch-up. 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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