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4 May 1995 (Australia) See more »
Everything is about to go totally out of control
Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Blue the colour of sadness, depression and doom follows Joe like a shadow from which he can not escape. See more (10 total) »


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Aden Young ... Joe

Tara Morice ... Savina

Nadine Garner ... Roslyn

Ben Mendelsohn ... Dazey
Chantal Contouri ... Savina's Mother
Petru Gheorghiu ... Pop

Arthur Angel ... Paul Secchi
Richard Sutherland ... Rosco
Anita Smith ... Lisa (as Anita Cerdic)
Tommy Dysart ... Mr. Graham
Mike Bishop ... Dazey's Father
Nick Polites ... Paul Secchi's Boy (as Nicholas Polites)
Felix Biviano ... Paul Secchi's Boy
Ed McShortall ... Ted (as Eddy McShortall)
Peter Houghton ... Thomas
Vince D'Amico ... Padre Pallini
Darryl Spencer ... Frank Secchi
Marcello D'Amico ... Savina's Step-father
Damian Foletta ... Danny
Jane Borghesi ... Amorina
Anthony Grgas ... Amorina's Man
Curtis Barnott ... Dean

William K. Halliwell ... Exploding Angel Bookie
Miranda Rivers ... Tea Room Babe
Fiona Hendry ... Trolley Chick
Salik Silverstein ... Roslyn's Wired Lover
Jimi Panoutsopoulos ... Party Singer
Mirjana Raos ... Rosco's Party Date
Katherine Armstrong ... Forklift Chick
Madonna Bowe ... Policewoman
Kitte Dickie ... Roslyn Lookalike
Kathy Giordinis ... Drag Fan
Voula Henzinilodos ... Drag Fan
Rachel McGough ... Drag Fan
Tony Horton ... Drag Fan (as Anthony Horton)
Claude Stephens ... Drag Fan
Michael Freeman ... Drag Fan
Jeffrey Hoogenboom ... Drag Fan

Cal Rein ... Drag Fan (as Carlo Giardina)
Brigid Kelly ... Drag Fan

Genevieve Morris ... Drag Fan
Tony Kopa ... Drag Fan
Debbie Elford ... Drag Fan
Rose Giannone ... TV Voice (voice)
Morena Milani ... TV Voice (voice)

Directed by
Geoffrey Wright 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Geoffrey Wright 

Produced by
Elisa Argenzio .... line producer
Daniel Scharf .... producer
Jonathan Shteinman .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Clifford White 
Cinematography by
Ron Hagen 
Film Editing by
Bill Murphy 
Jane Usher 
Casting by
Gregory Apps 
Production Design by
Steven Jones-Evans 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Kennedy 
Ben Morieson 
Costume Design by
Anna Borghesi 
Makeup Department
Christine Miller .... makeup designer
Production Management
Elisa Argenzio .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Odgers .... first assistant director
Monica Pearce .... second assistant director
Tim Scott .... third assistant director
Art Department
Debra Goldsmith .... scenic artist
Carrie Kennedy .... set finisher
Ben Morieson .... set finisher
Sound Department
Christian Bass .... adr recordist
Peter Burgess .... dialogue editor
Ross Chambers .... sound assistant
Frank Lipson .... sound designer
Frank Lipson .... supervising sound editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Angelo Sahin .... special effects crew
Kevin Turner .... special effects technician
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Russell Frost .... stunts
Mark Hennessy .... stunt coordinator
Arch Roberts .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brent Crockett .... director of photography: second unit
Brett Matthews .... second assistant camera
Louis Puli .... Steadicam operator
Louis Puli .... camera operator
Casting Department
Nick Hamon .... casting assistant
Other crew
Serena Gattuso .... production coordinator
Dean Hood .... assistant accountant
Phil Jones .... production consultant
Iain Pirret .... production runner
Kevin Plummer .... production accountant
Megan Spencer .... production assistant

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115 min
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Jane Usher edited most of the film whilst Bill Murphy only edited the final nail biting car chase. The difference in styles in alarmingly striking and genuinely added fuel to the high octane film.See more »


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Blue the colour of sadness, depression and doom follows Joe like a shadow from which he can not escape., 7 July 2010
Author: James Hurley II from United States

The story concerns a group of disenfranchised youth in Melbourne. Joe, who lives with his insane father, gets a job at a wholesale warehouse where he meets Dazey, the local playboy, and Savina, a Satan-worshipping shoplifter. Joe, Savina, Dazey and Rosalyn, Dazey's girlfriend, are inextricably bound in a love, lust, obsession, insanity, death, guns and street drag racers.

Director Geoffrey Wright is one of the very few directors are willing to go to the lengths that he does, refusing to tell a story that involves conventional moralities and cardboard characters, nor does he balk at portraying the violence perpetrated by these unhappy youths in their quest for identity and meaning. This is a disturbing film and not for the morally squeamish. The fact that the director dared to cast actors who are NOT the Matt Dillon or Brad Pitts of this world makes the characters of this film so believable. Even though Dazey is cast as "Matt Dillon" of this film it is quiet clear that he is a big fish in a very small pond. Remember this is not a story of the super cool and tough guys at the top, this is a story of the guys at the bottom. So relative to the situation and surroundings I would say that the characters are perfectly cast. Dazey might have been tougher but that would have made him too stereotyped and I feel that he is more of a playboy then a fighter.

This film was totally unexpected, on the surface it is another simple story of youth gone wrong, but behind all these gritty characters and realistic dialogue is a deep complex story line dealing with many themes. The filming and editing techniques help to explore these themes resulting in an Cult Australian hit. Granted this film is not for everyone. Many people will miss the complexity of this file and end up simply judging the story superficially or they will not enjoy the setting of impoverished youth in Melbourne.

The sounds and images of Metal Skin remained with me for many days after first viewing, and would return unbidden like dream fragments in the weeks that followed. The bleakness of the environment inhabited by Metal Skin's characters is emphasised by the almost complete lack of sunlight in the film; daytime scenes are shot against unforgiving grey skies, or at twilight, or in the rain. Industrial, dockside or suburban scenes are de-saturated of colour, with occasional flashes of maroon or lime green in the characters' clothing the only break in this monotony. Much of the film is shot at night to emphasise the characters' separation from the mainstream and lack of interaction with "normal" city life; as their night work at the supermarket indicates, they are not even full members of the economy, but are marginal even here. Incessant and intrusive sound and visual editing and confounding time shifts, work to disorient the viewer and constantly put you on edge and into their world.

Another prominent theme is of this Melbourne underworld, a world that is off balance, a place where the darker parts of the human mind are never far off. We are made to see, hear and feel this world. The director desire to document the marginalised, the outcast, the fringe-dwellers of society does not extend to offer hope, solutions, where there are none.

Blue the colour of sadness, depression, gloom and doom follows Joe like a shadow from which he can not escape. It may be debated but for me the primary theme of this film was psychological. How the characters are affected by the presence of lack love in their lives. What happens when they reach breaking point. Relationships between fathers and sons, friends, and lovers are all examined. The psychological theme is also examined from the point of view of control. We see how the characters try to affect control on the world around and fail miserably while unintentionally setting chains of events in motion with ramifications for all those around them. The characters are trapped by there very nature, they can not change, and it is there failure to change and there failure to see and understand the world as it is, that inevitably leads to there fate.

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