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Australian Rules (2002)

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the... See full summary »

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Gary 'Blacky' Black
Luke Carroll ...
Dumby Red
Lisa Flanagan ...
Clarence
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Pickles
Simon Westaway ...
Bob Black
Celia Ireland ...
Liz Black
Kevin Harrington ...
Arks
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Darcy
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Pretty
Brian Torry ...
Glenn Bright
Max Fairchild ...
Big Mac
Eileen Darley ...
Shirl
Paul Simpson ...
Bar Regular
Denis Noble ...
Bar Regular
Kelton Pell ...
Tommy Red
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In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, 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.

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29 August 2002 (Australia)  »

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Afstralezikoi kanones  »

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$61,607 (Australia) (30 August 2002)
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Dumby is buried in a jumper of the Essendon Football Club. This club, based in Melbourne, is noted for its support of indigenous footballers. See more »

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It is unclear whether the film has the same 1970s setting as the novel 'Deadly Unna?' upon which it is based. The three boys ride 70s style bikes but Teamman wears a World Cup 94 shirt, there is a newspaper featuring Pauline Hanson and there is a mention of Kylie Minogue who didn't become famous until the 80s. See more »

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Gary 'Blacky' Black: Old man's Fruit and Nut?
Liz Black: Old man's Fruit and f***ing nut
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BLACK, WHITE AND AUSSIE ALL OVER
22 January 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews



Billed as a tough-as-nails take on racism in a small South Australia town, AUSTRALIAN RULES is better described as a coming of age story under the harshest of conditions as a young boy learns to stand up to his oppressive father.

Based on the book `Deadly Unna' by Phillip Gwynne, the screenplay by Gwynne and director Paul Goldman walks a fine line as it deftly exposes the hypocrisy of racism, without the unnecessary preaching that could so easily have slipped the story into melodrama. Also well balanced are two excellent subplots - the rag tag footie team attempting to win the all important Premiership, and the romantic subplot of the lead character, Blackie, pursuing a taboo love affair with an Aboriginal girl.

The cast of unknown actors is uniformly good, portraying both the hard hitting drama and lowbrow comedic moments with equal strength and aplomb.

AUSTRALIAN RULES is definitely worth a try.


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