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Erskineville Kings (1999)

Barky, 25, lost soul, left home two years ago to escape his abusive father leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him; now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Denniss ...
Barky
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Wace
Andrew Wholley ...
Coppa
Aaron Blabey ...
Trunny
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Wayne
Leah Vandenberg ...
Lanny
Marin Mimica ...
Kane
Lauren Clair ...
Ruby
Louise Birgan ...
Natasha
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Father
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Young Wace
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Ticket Officer
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Lady
John Alansu ...
Hairdresser
Darren Hanna ...
Cook
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Barky, a lost soul of 25, returns from the Australian cane fields to his hometown, inner-city Erskineville. Barky left two years ago to escape his drunken and abusive father, leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him. His brother Wace. His girlfriend Lanny. His life. Now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home, but Barky soon discovers that if staying home was hard, coming home is harder. Wace is bitter. Barky ran away just like their mother. Wace toughed it out. Alone he stood by his dying father. After two years and no explanation, can Lanny take Barky back? With everything on the line will Barky choose again to leave it all behind? In the King's Hotel the two brothers try to make sense out of life after their father's death. Beer, anger and pain prove to be a dangerous mix. Written by Anonymous

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AUD 500,000 (estimated)
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Intense study of the male psyche
13 September 1999 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

The gripping Erskineville Kings is a great film. One brother returns to Sydney after a long absence in the country. He's there for his abusive father's funeral. Big bro is not happy about his prolonged absence, having been left looking after Dad in his final years. The fact their mother fled her unhappy marriage years ago makes the absence even more painful.

The film is set on a hot summer day, and, like typical Australian males, the boys head off with a few mates to the pub. After all, alcohol is needed to make these guys open up. The beer, the sticky heat and the awkward reunion makes for an explosive mix.

The film is as tense as The Boys, but the characters are more rounded than David Wenham's thoroughly evil Brett Sprague.

This is a film about men and their problems, so the film's sole female lead is a little under-developed.

A great effort. Hugh Jackman is incredible.


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