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7 May 1999 (USA) See more »
The No. 1 Australian comedy that sticks it up the big guys. See more »
A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caton ... Darryl Kerrigan
Anne Tenney ... Sal Kerrigan

Stephen Curry ... Dale Kerrigan

Anthony Simcoe ... Steve Kerrigan
Sophie Lee ... Tracey Kerrigan

Wayne Hope ... Wayne Kerrigan
Tiriel Mora ... Dennis Denuto

Eric Bana ... Con Petropoulous
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Lawrence Hammill

Robyn Nevin ... Federal Court Judge
Costas Kilias ... Farouk
Bryan Dawe ... Ron Graham
Monty Maizels ... Jack
Lynda Gibson ... Evonne
John Benton ... Mr. Lyle
Laurie Dobson ... John Clifton
John Lee ... Chairman
Stephanie Daniel ... Council Officer
John Flaus ... Sergeant Kennedy
Les Toth ... Heavy at Door
Erik Donnison ... Barlow Representative
Roger Neave ... High Court Judge
Anthony Evans ... High Court Judge (as Tony Evans)
Robin Miller ... High Court Judge
Julie Kulpinski ... Kerry
Sam Gleisner ... Steve and Kerry's Child
Sebastiano Liotta ... Mr. Petropoulos
Josie Noviello ... Mrs. Petropoulos
Lynda Keane ... Federal Court Lawyer
Marilyn Chestnut ... High Court Stenographer
Julian Scarff ... High Court Clerk of Courts

Marie-Therese Byrne ... Assistant to Chairman
Clare O'Sullivan ... High Court Lawyer
Warwick Begg ... High Court Lawyer
Maria Theodorakis ... Federal Court Stenographer

John Evans ... Federal Court Clerk of Courts
Michael Roland ... High Court Lawyer
Matthew Giordanella ... Con & Tracey's Son
Larry Emdur ... Himself
Ian Ross ... Himself

Tony Martin ... Adam Hammill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Hilton-Wood ... News Cameraman (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Sitch 
Writing credits
Santo Cilauro (written and conceived by) &
Tom Gleisner (written and conceived by) &
Jane Kennedy (written and conceived by) &
Rob Sitch (written and conceived by)

Produced by
Debra Herman .... producer (as Debra Choate)
Michael Hirsh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Edmund Choi 
Craig Harnath 
Cinematography by
Miriana Marusic (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Wayne Hyett 
Casting by
Jane Kennedy 
Production Design by
Carrie Kennedy 
Art Direction by
Ben Morieson 
Costume Design by
Kitty Stuckey 
Makeup Department
Steven Clode .... hair
Steven Clode .... makeup
Production Management
Melissa Zaroff .... post-production supervisor (US version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Annie Maver .... first assistant director
Susannah Mott .... second assistant director
Art Department
Josh Morieson .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Gerald Donlan .... sound effects editor
Jim Dunwoodie .... boom swinger
Peter Graham .... sound editor
Tracey Grimshaw .... foley artist (as Tracy Grimshaw)
Chris Izzard .... sound recordist
Ian MacWilliams .... sound supervisor
Steve Murphy .... consultant: Dolby
George Parton .... foley editor
Steven Simons .... foley mixer (as Steve Simons)
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Steve Witherow .... dialogue editor (as Stephen Witherow)
Special Effects by
Aaron Beaucaire .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ian Sheath .... optical effects
Tim Trumble .... kine: Dfilm
Camera and Electrical Department
Darryl Byrne .... clapper loader dailies
Danny Christie .... lighting assistant
Santo Cilauro .... camera operator
Roy Fischer Clark .... tape operator
Freddo Dierck .... rigging grip (as Freddo Dirk)
Joanne Donahoe-Beckwith .... camera assistant
Johnny Earthmover .... gaffer
Jeff Hodges .... best boy
Brett Hull .... gaffer: second unit
Matthew James .... video split operator
Warik Lawrance .... camera assistant: second unit
Miriana Marusic .... camera operator
Robin Plunkett .... lighting cameraman: second unit
Emmanuel Santos .... stills photographer
Gary Scott .... clapper loader
Joshua Litle .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susannah Mott .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlz Chan .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Davies .... wardrobe: second unit
Editorial Department
Dan Edelstein .... editorial supervisor
Joy Gorman .... post production assistant
Scott Maclean .... telecine (as Scott McLean)
Scott Martin .... post production executive
Tim Morgan .... color grading
Edel Rafferty .... telecine
Steve Schwartz .... assistant editor
Rohan Wilson .... negative matching
Music Department
Susi Ahern .... backing vocals
Roger Blanc .... music librarian
Robert Burke .... musician (as Rob Burke)
Dave Carter .... musician
Louis Cerborino .... additional music editing (as Lou Cerborino)
Emile Charlap .... music preparation supervisor
Emile Charlap .... orchestra contractor
Edmund Choi .... conductor
Ross Cockle .... music recordist
Andrian Cohen .... musician: keyboards
Rob L. Cohen .... musician: electric guitar
Dominic DeRasse .... musician: trumpet soloist (as Dominic Derasse)
Chris Doheny .... backing vocals
Lawrence Feldman .... musician: alto flute soloist
Barry Finclair .... concertmaster
Dan Gilberg .... studio manager: Manhattan Center
Craig Harnath .... musician
Shari Johanson .... music editor (as Shari Schwartz Johanson)
Jane Kennedy .... music supervisor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestration
Martin Lubran .... musician
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Sean McLeod .... musician
Thomas K. Miho .... technical engineer
John Moses .... musician: clarinet soloist
Pat Perkinson .... musician: bass
Gerald Reuter .... musician: oboe soloist
Henry Schulman .... musician: oboe soloist (as Henry Shuman)
Russell Smith .... musician
Pete Sweeney .... musician: drums
Aya Takemura .... assistant engineer: Avatar Studios
Gary Topper .... music preparation
Steven Webber .... first assistant engineer
Lynn Welshman .... music preparation
Jim White .... music preparation
Other crew
Ian Anderson .... laboratory liaison
Aaron Beaucaire .... armourer
Ann Beresford .... continuity (as Anny Beresford)
Jenny Davies .... production accountant
Kaylene German .... runner
Pauline Hirsh .... production assistant
Louis Keramidas .... laboratory liaison (as Louie Karamidas)
Tony Leonard .... insurance: AON
Cryss Plummer .... assistant
Greg Sitch .... legal
Megan Spencer .... runner
Annabel Wang .... accounts assistant
Polly Watkins .... assistant to producers
Karen Ferguson .... the producers would like to thank
Jeremy Gobbo .... the producers would like to thank
Margaret Long .... the producers would like to thank: Greyhound Association (as Marg Long)
Tony Martin .... the producers would like to thank
Rocky Porcino .... the producers would like to thank
Jason Thompson .... the producers would like to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) (censored) | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Originally made to raise money for the later Australian film "The Dish".See more »
Factual errors: When the characters have their final appeal to the High Court of Australia, it is before 5 Justices. However in reality, when a constitutional dispute is brought before the High Court, all 7 Justices will sit (known as the Full Bench).See more »
Dale Kerrigan:[shouting] Dad? I dug another hole!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "At the Movies: Episode #9.1" (2012)See more »
Baby, Now That I've Found YouSee more »


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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Good fun, 4 April 2004
Author: Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario

Every once and while you find yourself watching a movie you have heard nothing about. A film with no A-Listed actors, no director with a treasure trove of awards and the sheer name of the films title at an office water cooler would result in blank stares and crickets scratching their hind legs in the background. Such was the case with the 1997 Australian gem, The Castle.

Directed by Rob Sitch, who went on to help another underachieving treasure with The Dish, the story is about an Australian family's struggle to keep their home in lieu of being given a compulsory notice from the government that the airport is expanding where their house presently stands. Although I try not to be simplistic and sum up an entire plot in as little as one sentence, really, that is all you need you know to enjoy this independent comedy.

The family is played by a host of unknowns. Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe, Sophia Lee and Wayne Hope play Darryl, Sal, Dale, Steve, Tracy and Wayne Kerrigan. The family lives a simple life and enjoys their time together to the fullest. They complement each other at each dinner table, they watch television as a family unit and they spend their time discussing items listed for sale in the trades papers. Their sister just got married and other than the eldest son being in jail for a crime the family holds no grudges, things could not be better.

So when the government sends notice that they must leave their house for the airport expansion, they agree not to go down without a fight and they illicit the help of other street families and a local barrister that has no business defending in Federal Court.

You might think this all sounds very serious for a comedy plot line, but it's the exact opposite. The story begins with a long narration from the youngest son who reflects on how proud he is of his family. He talks about how each member bring a unique talent to the unit and how the father figure is the one that is full of positive reinforcement. The narration and visuals surrounding his description are Australian humor at its best. Whether we are laughing at the fathers adoration and praise of simple tasks like the scooping of ice cream from a tub or the wonderment of family members over an invention of a motorcycle helmet with a brake light on the back, we marvel at the sheer naivety of the family and what it deems to be important.

The best way to covey this functional family unit is to describe it as a family of Woody Boyd's from Cheers or a litter of Joey characters from Friends. They all utter words we would deem obtuse, but it is all in good fun and it comes across as simple people simply observing their surroundings and commenting on how they interact with the world. As example, when Dale Kerrigan is speaking of the family's fame after taking the matters to court, he narrates, `Dad said it was funny how one day you're not famous, and the next day you are. Famous. And then you're not again.' There speech is entirely primitive, but funny in the same vein.

To go into more detail about the film would give away too much and this film must really be viewed and enjoyed without expectation. You may not belly laugh at any time during the short 84 minute running time, but I doubt you won't spend time shaking your head in reaction to something a Kerrigan family member utters with a ‘I can't believe he just said that' notion.

So I recommend The Castle. I recommend it with pause. It is an above average comedy that was made for less money than the cost of the Matrix end credits (They used the family name Kerrigan so they could use Kerrigan trucks during the shoot), but it can teach us a lot about the family unit. Here is a group of simpletons that love each other, respect each other and will do anything to preserve their ‘home'. What better lesson is there than that?

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