A boy looks up to his big brother, Jack, who is his hero and is someone that he is not - brave, noble and has the courage to stand up to their father. When their father returns from the ...
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A boy looks up to his big brother, Jack, who is his hero and is someone that he is not - brave, noble and has the courage to stand up to their father. When their father returns from the battlefields of France to his family, he sends his younger son to an apprenticeship in a jam factory designing the labels. There, his boss sends him off to art school, but his real passion is writing. He began to send small stories into the newspaper. While the boy cannot draw, he discovers that he has a talent for writing. The depression sets in. The older son, Jack, who had escaped to the country returns with a girl suffering double pneumonia. Worst of all she is a Catholic and the father hates Catholics. The phrase Susso kids: the outbreak of World war II. Brother Jack rushes to enlist and his brother was unable/not allowed because he was a key reporter for the newspapers. They need him for propaganda. Written by
Great acting ensemble tell a story of a true Australia.
Based on George Johnston's classic Australian novel, Mr Brother Jack is about life in the period between WWI and WWII in the Melbourne suburbs and the relationships of these people and how major events affected people and societal views. Like most films based on novels, some poetic licence is used and the boring bits of the book are left behind in this adaptation.
It follows the life of David (Davey) Meredith, and while it's about his life, as the title suggests, it's moreso about the lives of those around him - his brother, his father, his mother.
Matt Day is great as Davey, as is Simon Lyndon as his brother Jack, (Ange Milliken as the mother too) but what really makes this film is William McInnes as their father. McInnes plays the troubled father who's struggling to adapt to his pre-war life, while suffering from and never quite gets over the trauma of the war.
What I like best about this story is the relationship of the characters. They're realistic, and encapsulate Australian relationships at their best.
Robert Menzies and Felix Williamson as Sam Burlington also deserve special mention for their strong supporting roles in this film.
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