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Razor Eaters -- RAZOR EATERS is your front-row ticket to an anarchistic rampage of violence, death and destruction. Based loosely on the exploits of the Hedge-Burners gang who plagued Melbourne and videotaped their crimes...

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10 July 2006 (Australia) See more »
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Organise. Traumatise. Immortalise.
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The best independent film made in the new millenium thus far See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Paul Moder ... Danny Berdan

Richard Cawthorne ... Zach
Teague Rook ... Orville

Fletcher Humphrys ... Roger
Campbell Usher ... Anthony
Shannon Young ... Rob
Matt Robertson ... Chris
Julie Eckersley ... Jenny
David Bradshaw ... Hersch
Vincent Gil ... Lonnie Evans (as Vince Gil)
Peter Hosking ... Hurstleigh

Angus Sampson ... Syksey
Craig Madden ... Garth
David Serafin ... Parking Inspector
Chris McLean ... Dean

Nathan Bocskay ... Jason (as Nathan Bosckay)
Jeanette Cheah ... Jenny Chen
Simon Gowling ... Tony Stapedo
Stuart Orr ... Tailgater
Cameron Knight ... Peter
Ben Dixon ... Stevo
Drew Basford ... Darren McKellar
Michael King ... Paul McKellar
David Tulk ... News Cameraman
Jacinta O'Dowd ... Forensic Officer

Leigh Whannell ... Nick D.
Julieanne Tait ... Reporter

John McConnell ... Politician
Ian Young ... Walter Wally
Gawain McLachlan ... Cop
Shaheer Akbam ... Impound Manager
Saide Kohl ... Mickey Briggs
Paul Khoury ... Dealer 1
David Ewing ... Dealer 2
Danny Esber ... Bouncer
Denis Rebic ... Pitbull Trainer
Georgina Hallam ... Advertising Executive
Caroline Witchell ... Casino Manager
Ayla Claudelle ... Paramedic / Press
James Tinney ... Paramedic
Isaul D'Sousa ... Paramedic
Margie Bainbridge ... Press
Adam Vorherr ... Press
Bryan Duke ... Press

Lisa Baldwin ... Press
Ashley Bear ... Press
Mickey Nguyen ... Press
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Lorensene ... Fan crowd
Chris Lougheed ... Policeman
John K. Lowry ... Police Officer

Steve Syson ... Detective

Nathan Hill ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Shannon Young 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Shannon Young 

Produced by
Nick Levy .... producer
Paul Moder .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Karl Siemon 
 
Casting by
Melanie Mackintosh  (as Melanie Beetham)
 
Sound Department
John Brawley .... additional sound recordist
Rob Hornbuckle .... sound recordist
Simon Wright .... sound recordist
 
Other crew
Steven G. Kaplan .... producer's representative
 
Thanks
Nathan Hill .... special thanks
 

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Australia:96 min
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Zach:Robert Kennedy said: 'Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves' - well congratulations Australia, you've earned us...See more »

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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The best independent film made in the new millenium thus far, 17 March 2004
Author: superheidi from California

Five young men calling themselves the Razor Eaters brutally murder drug dealers, kidnap and humiliate politicians, vandalize properties and generally terrorize the city of Melbourne. Why?

Robert Kennedy said: ~Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves?T. Well, congratulations, Australia, youve earned us Razor Eaters

Loosely based on true events in recent years, Razor Eaters is a stunning and brilliant achievement in filmmaking. Not only is it the best independent film I have ever seen (the authors opinion only), it rivals mainstream Hollywood films in action, direction, and acting. The near flawless script is full of twists and turns, while the characters are well developed and complicated. On top of these achievements, Razor Eaters is disturbing and controversial.

An Australian film that seems to rival itâ?Ts predecessors (Romper Stomper and Chopper) in terms of acclaim, Razor Eaters is aggressively violent and in your face, and boasts a cast that is likely to go on to bigger and better things based on their talent.

The story centers on the exploits of the five young men and the acts of violence they commit against those they feel have wronged society. Both a desire for revenge and for fame prompt them to videotape all of their exploits, ultimately leading them to their eventual, and final, showdown with the police. Depicted are violent murders and tortures, aggressive physical brutality, explosions, fire, and blood. Though the gore is stirring, this is not an action film. The real stars are the characters who are haunted by troubled pasts and their dissatisfaction with the present state of affairs in Australia. Zach (Richard Cawthorne) is the groups leader, trusted implicitly by his gang; he leads them on the rampage. Richard Cawthornes performance is mesmerizing, to say the least, and his charisma allows him to carry the role without ever losing touch with his character. Teague Rook plays Orville, the brilliant amateur pyrotechnician who provides the explosions necessary for inspiring fear in the citizens of Melbourne. His shyness hides a twisted secret that no one else guesses. Campbell usher plays the tormented Anthony, a man who idolizes Zach like an older brother, and gets unwillingly caught up in all of the violence. Usher plays Anthony subtly and beautifully, conveying emotions with little or no dialogue. Shannon Young fittingly plays Rob, the one who films all of their exploits. Both being the director, and playing the actor who is filming the violence for later viewing, seems like a challenge, especially in terms of getting the proper footage while staying in character. Shannon Young has no problems with this complex task, and his footage is always fantastic. Fletcher Humphrys, Australian soap actor plays Roger, the loose cannon. Rogers violent actions, maniacal laughter, and convincing death throes make him easily the most enjoyable character in the film. Paul Moder rounds out the cast as Detective Danny Berdan, the man who finds himself mesmerized by the tapes of the violent slayings. He even ends up being filmed by the Razor Eaters and sees himself on their tapes. Unable to distance himself from his investigation, Detective Berdan becomes a part of it. Seeking to put an end to their bloody rampage, he goes on one himself. The climax of the film is unnerving, as the police and the terrorists seem to be exactly the same in their impulse; to rid the world of those who have wronged it.

Shannon Young has created a movie of extraordinary vision and hostility. By exploring each individual characters motivation instead of attempting to categorize the good guys and the bad guys, he crafts a distressing picture of the state of society in present Australia. By tackling the touchy subject of domestic terrorism, an in light of recent brutal attacks at Columbine and at the Twin Towers, Shannon Young has proven himself a daring and gutsy filmmaker. Blurring the lines between right and wrong forces the viewer to questions what they would have done in a similar situation. The ending will leave the viewer disturbed, but impressed at the skill involved to pull off this project.

Reminiscent of violent films like Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, and Usual Suspects, Razor Eaters can rival any of them for a position as a provocative, ground-breaking tale.

By following in the footsteps of independent films like Blair Witch project, Razor Eaters blends film and video seamlessly. Edited with fluidity, the film does not seem amateur or low budget because of the use of handheld video camera footage comprising most of the important and controversial scenes. Young never skimped on Special Effects. Real explosions, real car accidents, and real guns add professionalism and a realism that is rarely seen in independent films. No Computer graphics are used at all. Blood is kept to a tasteful minimum. Authentic-looking wounds are validated by the incredible acting and superior script to create a realness that most filmmakers try to accomplish with gory effects.

Harsh and Brutal, but thought-provoking and, (dare I say?) Mind-blowing, razor Eaters is immeasurably above any other independent films that have come out in the past few years. It is not optimistic to say that this indie flick will gain the recognition it deserves as a great film throughout the course of its exposure in the United States and in the rest of the world, to end up next to Trainspotting and Mad Max as a heavy influence on modern American cinema.

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