A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.

Director:

Writer:

6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Feed (2005)
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A cybercrime investigator tracks a man (O'Loughlin) suspected of force-feeding women to death.

Director: Brett Leonard
Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Patrick Thompson, Gabby Millgate
The Tracker (2002)
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau
Ten Canoes (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin
Crackerjack (2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Moloney
Stars: Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »

Director: David Leland
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Trudi Cavanagh, Clare Clifford
The Castle (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion.

Director: Rob Sitch
Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry
December Boys (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.

Stars: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin
BlackJack: Sweet Science (TV Movie 2004)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Stars: Vince Colosimo, Lara Cox, Russell Dykstra
Man-Thing (2005)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

Director: Brett Leonard
Stars: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jack Flange (as Alex O'Lachlan)
...
Mumbles
...
Pearl
...
Brownie
...
Trish
Claudia Harrison ...
Nikki Flange
Alan Cinis ...
Slug
...
Skippy
...
Heath
Gary Henderson ...
Oyster Farmer Barry
Bill Wisely ...
Old Man Peterson
Brian Howarth ...
Barney
Ian Johnson ...
Oyster Farmer #1
Peter Johnson ...
Oyster Farmer #2
Lloyd Spencer ...
Oyster Farmer #3
Edit

Storyline

Jack Flange leaves the big city for a respite in Australia's Hawkesbury River region, where generations of oyster fishermen (and maybe one woman) have made a living, built histories, and piled up grievances. Jack finds a small-town mentality, with pluses and minuses. There's also a recent burglary and lots of missing cash. Jack gets a job oystering; his boss is separated from a woman of invention, Jack's attracted to a chambermaid turned letter carrier, and there are plenty of mine fields for a city boy to step through. Jack also has a sister, who's ill, to worry about. It's a river journey of self discovery. Is he passing through, or has he found home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Risk is an aphrodisiac.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 June 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas ton erota  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$109,603 (Australia) (5 August 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Mumbles: She's an emotional manipulator of the worst kind and a great fuck. And that, my friend, is a terrifying combination.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Leisurely Ride Along A Beautul River with Colorful, Lusty Characters
4 August 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Oyster Farmer" is a warm, refreshing, Australian take on the old-fashioned genre of the secretive, hunky stranger with a murky past shaking up a small community.

Alex O'Lachlan in his notable debut as "Jack Flange" is very much like William Holden in "Picnic" and Paul Newman in "The Long Hot Summer." While debut writer/director Anna Reeves certainly appreciates his visual and visceral assets, his character's mysteriously tattooed masculinity is a Sensitive New Age Guy metrosexual compared to the hard-working blokes along the mangroves of the isolated Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, which looks a lot like the bayou country of Louisiana that has been similarly used for sultry effect in movies like "The Big Easy."

While it's a bit confusing at first to sort out the relationships (let alone the basics of oyster farming), partly due to the accents, in this tight and quirky Brooklyn where everyone knows generations of everybody's paternity, marital disputes, personal business, and, particularly for the plot, their mail, the gradual revelations add to our enjoyment of the comfortable repartee as we are thrust into the ongoing squabbles along with the outsider and learn to appreciate this fading lifestyle as it becomes his home despite his suspicions and other plans.

Jim Norton as a Granddad with an Irish gift of gab is particularly entertaining as he goads his stubborn wirey son, an appealing David Field, to make up with his wife, who has the more successful touch as an oyster farmer.

Women in this macho environment have to not only be tough, but resilient as they find ways to still assert their femininity. Diana Glenn's "Pearl" seems perfectly adapted to the local way of life-- her hitchhiking up the river is a wonderful detail even as she has "Sex and the City" proclivities --though her flirtation with "Jack" is only frankly lusty. Kerry Armstrong is a marvelous matriarch, but her character's level-headedness reduces opportunities for jealousy, as the script opts for humor over tension.

Jack Thompson has a small local color role, but key as he becomes an anchoring father figure for the restless "Jack" as we see him grow new roots.

The national park scenery and Alun Bollinger's cinematography are breathtakingly beautiful and that waterfront train looks like a delightful ride, though a bit more geographical context would have been helpful.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sex Scene hkawng
I know Heath broken_matchstick
I for one michaelplonsker
Download blackest_star
Just wondering SVin377348
Music In Trailer tommyboy_6_9
Discuss Oyster Farmer (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?