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In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas (whites) and the Nungas (blacks), come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the underlying racism and class warfare threatens to make the team's greatest victories irrelevant. This holds particularly true for Blacky, a white teen who is more interested in books than sport, and his best friend, Dumby, the Aboriginal star of the team. Written by
Blacky's dad makes a comment about him "rooting a gin". 'Root' is an Australian slang term for sex. 'Gin' is a term, now considered offensive, for an Australian Aboriginal woman. Its origin is from djin, the Eora aboriginal word for woman. The word was adopted by European settlers. See more »
The shot of Dumby in the coffin show his body laid out below the edge of the coffin. However when Blacky kisses him goodbye, Dumby's head is above the level of the coffin edge. See more »
I think that this movie was almost brilliant. The performances are all great, with the possible exception of the usually enjoyable Kevin Harrington. I cried through about half the movie, and usually such a strong emotional response from me ensures a good rating! But ultimately Australian Rules didn't quite work for me. Maybe it was the over-use of 2 dimensional stereotypical characters (the abusive dad, the arrogant coach's son, the tough black guy who hates the whites, the annoying older brother, etc....). Maybe it was Blacky's "storytelling" to Dumby that felt false to me. Maybe it was that Blacky seemed completely oblivious to racism. In any case, this movie is worth watching, but isn't brilliant. At least it tried.
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