Up 1,721 this week

Garage Days (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music, Drama  |  3 October 2002 (Australia)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 2,442 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 47 user | 33 critic | 19 from

The story of a young garage band in Sydney, Australia trying to make it big.



(story), (story), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Gurry kicks back at Wachowski critics
Kick Gurry Joins Wachowski's "Jupiter"
| Dark Horizons

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 27 Jan 2014
a list of 35 titles
created 12 Feb 2014
a list of 23 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 30 titles
created 1 week ago

Related Items

Search for "Garage Days" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Garage Days (2002)

Garage Days (2002) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Garage Days.
4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Woods
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta
Dark City (1998)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly
Knowing (2009)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne

A mysterious man and his witch-hunting sidekick help a young orphaned teenager find her employer, and old magician, who was abducted during a séance.

Director: Alex Proyas
The Crow (1994)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Directors: Paul Boyd, Hamish Cameron, and 21 more credits »
Stars: Michael Hutchence, Garry Beers, Ray Charles
Singles (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.

Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Brother and sister endure alone together in a post-apocalyptic Outback until the sudden arrival of a stranger.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Michael Lake, Melissa Davis, Norman Boyd
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Directors: Morgan Tovey Frost, Frank Tovey, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Janice Anastasi, Peter Balmer, Günther Bernhard
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A stressed-out Kafkian man called Ruben retells an embarrassing dream he had. In it, his overbearing mother takes him, naked and embarrassed, to a noirish department store to buy him clothes, a penis and a wife. He looks for a way out.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Lech Mackiewicz, Zita Nester, Kate Fischer
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Adventure | Fantasy

A common thief joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Abbey Lee
Spineless (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Cathy Linsley, Andrew McPhail, Alex Proyas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sadrinna ...
Shad Kern
Yvette Duncan ...
Tiriel Mora ...
Dave Cotsios ...
Sprimp Lead Guitar
Chris 'Skinner' MacGuire ...
Sprimp Drummer


A coming-of-age comedy about a young Sydney band trying to get a foothold in the competitive world of rock n' roll. After the band's first gig is a colossal failure, the lead singer takes it upon himself to go out and pursue the most successful rock manager in the country. Meanwhile the other members of the band continue to deal with the kind of every day life issues that can ultimately tear a band apart. It may be the dawn of a new millennium but it's still a long way to the top if you want to rock n' roll. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


What if you finally got your big break and you just plain sucked?


Comedy | Music | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

3 October 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Dias de Ensaio  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$157,020 (Australia) (11 October 2002)


$20,600 (USA) (18 July 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Pia Miranda admitted in a 2002 interview that she could not blow bubbles from bubble gum. The slow-motion bubble that she blows in the film is computer generated. See more »


When they go to their first gig, they have all their instruments on the roof of their car, but when they leave, there's nothing on the roof. See more »

Crazy Credits

The main cast dances around Bruno's apartment to the Tom Jones song "Help Yourself". See more »


It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Get acquainted with Aussie comedy. NOW!!
3 September 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Do yourself a favour and see "The Wannabees" (about a gang of foul-mouthed thugs who become the country's most successful children's show), "Razzle Dazzle" (about a failing dance instructor and a bunch of fellow losers trying to coach a bunch of pre-teen girls to victory) and "Garage Days" about... as best as I can summarize... a rock'n'roll soap opera that plays out like a Hunter S. Thompson nightmare (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas).

"Garage Days" is exactly what a quirky, offbeat, rock'n'roll Aussie comedy should be: quirky, offbeat & full of rock'n'roll. Before I even get to my review, I'll mention some of the tunes on the soundtrack: AC/DC "It's a Long Way to the Top" & "High Voltage", The Cure "Boys Don't Cry", Violent Femmes "Blister in the Sun", Roxy Music "Love Is the Drug", and a particularly hilarious choreographed psychedelic scene set to Rick James "Superfreak". As in Proyas's masterpiece "The Crow", the music really sets the stage for the whole experience.

"Garage Days" follows a month in the life of a struggling punk-metal-grunge-pop band trying to get their one big shot. Along the way we get roped into the common themes of sex, drugs, love & friendship... and the not-so-common themes of creepy goth girlfriends, soul-sucking slot machines and talking cantaloupes. The whole movie comes at you hard & fast, like "Amelie" on crack.

Quite surprising for director Alex Proyas, master of the cinematic shadows ("The Crow", "Dark City")--it's very bright and lively. If you're a fan of Proyas, you must see this side of him. Much like Tim Buton who did "Batman" as well as "Peewee's Big Adventure", Proyas proves that there's a fine line between darkness & light, and he's able to cross it seamlessly.

A note for us Yanks, it helps to watch it with the subtitles because the Aussie accent can run over you like a rabid kangaroo. And some of the quips are priceless, you don't want to miss a beat. I found the script to be hilarious, the acting charming, the story suspenseful and the presentation memorable.

Tastes may vary, but I found each character to be instantly likable, from "Freddie" (an odd mix of Peewee Herman and a young Christopher Walken) to "Tanya" (a punk rich girl who sports the perfect blend of hot, cute & badass), "Lucy" (Henry Rollins meets Billy Idol meets Mongo from Blazing Saddles), "Joe" (a puzzler who is best left for you to decipher), "Joe's dad" (an aging rocker who himself is more childish & clueless than his son), all the peripheral characters who did a stellar job, and then there's the guy who steals the show "Bruno" their loser manager (played by Russell Dykstra from the aforementioned "Wannabees").

There aren't many well-known movies I can compare this to because it's so unusual, but if you've seen the hilarious Japanese flicks "Kamikaze Girls", "Swing Girls" or "Otakus in Love" I'd say this fits right alongside them. It also reminded me a bit of the funny Rainn Wilson flick "The Rocker", only pumped up with twice the adrenaline and totally Aussified. If you like rock'n'roll comedies, do not miss this!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Trying to be Australia's Trainspotting Ja-Verboten
these days dmb_1810
This movie is trash! fightfoo123
US/UK Release? Theatrical? DVD?? JackMercy
special fx sn0w_wh1te_
Are you all crazy? andrea-165
Discuss Garage Days (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: