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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry McDonald ...
Ollie Rennie
Brian Vriends ...
Pat Cannizzaro
Catherine McClements ...
Jill McHugh
Henry Salter ...
Denis Moore ...
Briony Williams ...
Syd Brisbane ...
Brian M. Logan ...
Peter Douglas ...
Jocelyn Betheras ...
Marcella Russo ...
Dick Tomkins ...
Roger Haddad ...
Maria Donato ...
Vittorio Andreavecchio ...


This little comedy is set in a small factory come halfway home, employing only handicapped people. Ollie Rennie is the boss and sometime minder of all his workers. He employees Pat Cannizzaro to help get all his workers into some sort of sport, and Pat just happens to be a soccer teacher. He forms a team and tries to take them all the way, with some funny results. Written by Graham Wilson Jr <>

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Independance With Dignity


Drama | Sport






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11 October 1990 (Australia)  »

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Saltmarsh  »

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Pat Cannizzaro: [after Jody says that she loves him] I think I'm engaged!
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A thunderstruck comedy/drama that's engaging and infectious
16 July 2015 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Wouldn't every Phys Ed teacher, love to do what our one, does in this film. What an interesting start? Watching this movie, recently, or more, accurately, last night, I almost forgot how much I enjoyed it, or more correctly, I didn't realize how much I'd enjoy this film again. Vriend's character plays an overzealous P.E. teacher, with good intentions, but with bad methods of showing. Following a sacking of course, for his unruly exploits on the school grounds, or I should say, in the cafeteria, turning it in to a war zone of cream of pastries, he takes a job in at a seaside caring facility, Saltmarsh (actually Escort Hughes house) Adelaide'n that I am. Too, that building no longer exists either. He meets a cynical alcho, (Garry Macdonald) in one astonishing performance or realism, it's all too hard to believe it's a fictional character. On the other side of the token, Vriend's performance is quite amazing if you take stock, such a role filled with enthusiasm, zest, and optimism. I don't think anyone else could of done a better job, than this guy, and I myself wouldn't, want anyone else filling this role. SBL is of course, not a film driven by plot, just by a couple of instances, and qualms, and that's how it was intended. This was a much better one, than the lightweight Return Home, made in S.A at the same time. Catherine McClement's performance as a sort of bitchy social worker, who has a phobia of am autistic kid's touch, is just as strong as her other co stars, though her character wasn't one I much liked, or care for, as in her personality. This is a film that will make you howl cheer and cry, and works wonderfully just as a comedy as it does a drama. You will catch sight of some Adelaide locations, pretty up in the city, and just above, plus the Largs Bay area. This is another film that does us proud, not like everyone made here. SBL is a film you can't miss.

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