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Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimeoin ...
Fergus Montagu (as Jimeoin McKeown)
Alan McKee ...
Wesley Murray
Colin Hay ...
Bob Franklin ...
Colin / Steven Phillips
Derek Johnson
Jane Hall ...
Catherine Arena ...
Geoff Paine ...
Anne Phelan ...
Truck Driver
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Beverley Dunn ...
Farmer's Wife
English Guy
Kyle Morrison ...


Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting work, the two fear immigration officers. McKeown happens to get selected as the bachelor on a TV dating game and wins a trip to Queensland just as the pair's apartment is raided by immigration. McKee escapes just in time and joins his friend. Meanwhile, the IRA leader is sent to Australia in a witness protection program after he gives up some of his former colleagues. The two then spend the remainder of the movie being pursued by the immigration officers and the vengeful IRA head. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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A road movie that's lost its way! See more »


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29 April 1999 (Australia)  »

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A little Australian Classic
2 December 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sometimes , like a breath of fresh air along comes a person who can brings us a new way of looking at life . One of these people is Irish comedian Jimeoin . His humour and songs provides a remedy to the feeling down syndrome . Some find themselves trapped in today's issues and can't see outside that locked door but Jimeoin has found a key to unlock the happy giggle most of us keep buried under our hat . His Irish wit is quick and his Irish accent thick . His songs are slick and his click is part of what makes him tick .

The music and Craic just flows out of Jimeoin . Its just a natural part of him . In Ireland the word Craic is having a good time and this is usually centered around music and dance and being out and about .

Some people I've met who have seen Jimeoin live on stage have said to me , You wouldn't want to mess with him . He's a hard man , and he really can look after himself .

Then again there are others who say , I cannot understand what he's talking about , but I still love the way he talks .

Jimeoin commands a large number of devoted fans when he performs in clubs all around Australia .

He has buckled them up in two with laughter , split their sides with stitches , and brought tears to the eyes of his hardest critics .

His first two Cds in Australia , " Craic" and "Goin' Off " gave us a better picture of this talented man .

Not only is there live stand up comedy but there are some excellent original songs performed by Jimeoin . On the album Going Off Jimeons version of Danny Boy tells about how he used to be a boy but now he has grown up into a man and so the Danny Man number is alive with a rap style of performance that works well with most audiences . His version of Lou Reeds Take A Walk On The Wide Side is fantastic . He changes the odd word here and there but the feel of the song is untouched . On the other album entitled The Craic one of my favourite songs is entitled "Never meant to stay ." The lyrics tell a story about someone who has overstayed his visa here in Australia .

That theme has been further developed in Jimeoins latest venture directing his own movie called "The Craic" .

Jimeoin plays a character by the name of Fergus who loves life . The movie begins in Belfast , before making its way to Sydney .

There is some great footage of Australia , and reflects the way we can share the slice of life within our Australian lifestyle . " The Craic" Its a classic gem of the times we live in .

Jimeoin - hes a wee Cracker .

By Paul McCann

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