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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 »
it's been a long time since i've posted a review. i didn't think i needed to. but this film makes me think otherwise.
Australian Rules is a small film. Even by Australian standards. Yet I think it is a highly important film.
It is understandable that the local Aboriginal community may not have wanted to participate in this production. It was probably too close for comfort.
The first part of the film is the carefree, commedic and spirited aspect. It showed signs of the signature Australian 90s filmmaking, the quirky, commedic and feel good type of movie. Then it moves onto the tragic and the dramatic. I think the latter is far more interesting and I am glad that the new wave of Australian filmmaking are concentrating on these aspects (Lantana, Rabbit Proof Fence, Till Human Voices Wake Us).
Australian Rules is a sensitive film. It deals with contentious issues and things we would probably rather not know about. This film has a social conscience and is extremely relevant in this day and age to Australia.
Everyone was great in it. From the coach, to the racist 'manly' father, to Blacky, to Clarence to Dumbie and even Pickles. Special mention to Blacky's mother, the intelligent, wise (and football fanatic) woman who still puts up with her husband's abuse but like Blacky, seems to be above her company.
More people should see this film. Especially Australians.
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