Blackrock (1997)

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When a young schoolgirl is raped and murdered, the mateship between a group of surfers is tested as the truth is slowly revealed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cropper ...
Simon Lyndon ...
Det. Sgt. Wilansky
Rebecca Smart ...
Jeanette Cronin ...
Lesley Warner
Ken Warner
Tracy (as Boyana Novakovich)
Shayne Francis ...
Len Kirby
Stewart Ackland
Cameron Nugent ...


In New South Wales, Jared surfs with his mates and has a first girl. He hosts a beach party for his older pal, Ricko, and witnesses four of his mates gang-rape a 15 year old. He does nothing, and the next day, she's found murdered. At school, the boys and the girls react: the girls with anger at the perpetrators, the boys with jeering at the dead girl's morality. The students' parents have their own responses. Jared retreats into angry silence, disgusted that he did nothing to help the dead girl. Meanwhile, his mother wants to talk to him about her impending cancer surgery, the police want to know what he saw, and his friend Ricko wants an alibi. Jared's cracking under the pressure. Written by <>

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One party. One witness. No one's talking. See more »


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Release Date:

1 May 1997 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Black Rock  »

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AUD 1,100,000 (Australia)

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Blackrock is what Australian film is all about.
12 January 2000 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Steve Vilder's controversial "Blackrock" is a disturbing film and one which is relevant and important to Australian society. As with basiclly all Australian film it is a movie by which it is easy for Australians to relate to. The character of Jared could easily be anyone of many surfers from the east coast of Australia, and the un-named town in which he lives in could easily be any industrial town along the shoreline. It confront's issues such as rape, death, guilt, family rivalry and trust/mis-trust with such a raw realism and intensity that the film almost looks and feels like a real life documentry at times. Blackrock is not afraid to delve into the depths of the Australian community and show it how it really is. Unlike "The Castle" or "Muriels Wedding" Blackrock gives us an honest portrayal of the darker side of our society.

It is what Australian film is all about. Quality Australian films aren't made with the box office or international sucess in mind. They're made to make us look at ourselves as a society and think. This is the reason why many Australian films don't usually do well in the U.S and overseas. They are made for us, not an international audience. It's a shame with such quality film's and film makers, our films can't get wider recognition amognst our own country, instead of most of the trash put out by Hollywood these days.

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