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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Flange (as Alex O'Lachlan)
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Mumbles
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Pearl
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Brownie
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Trish
Claudia Harrison ...
Nikki Flange
Alan Cinis ...
Slug
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Skippy
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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
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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>

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river | oyster | australian | australia | boy | See more »

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Risk is an aphrodisiac.

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30 June 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas ton erota  »

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

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$1,145,961 (Australia) (5 August 2005)
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Brownie: [of Jack's new love interest] She'll ruin you, mate. She's high maintenance.
Jack Flange: How's that?
Brownie: See those boots she's got on?
Jack Flange: Yeah.
Brownie: Cost over a thousand bucks.
Jack Flange: Bullshit.
Brownie: No, her mom told me. *Designer*, apparently.
Jack Flange: How d'you reckon she pays for them?
Brownie: [gives him a long look] Hairy checkbook, mate.
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Quirky but Quite Good
7 November 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Oyster Farmer is a curious Australian movie in that its production values are more impressive than the story itself. First and foremost, the music throughout the movie is brilliant in that it suits the movie perfectly. The cinematography is likewise first class - the aerial scenes of the Hawkesbury River in particular are stunning. Also, the editing is tight and keeps the movie from bogging down - the editor and director deserve commendation for keeping the movie flowing.

The story itself is quirky and sometimes makes quantum leaps in credibility but, hey, what interesting movie doesn't? The acting is believable and allows you to understand the characters in most cases.

As a simple tale of life in a remote river community, the movie works quite well and deserves its reputation as a significant Australian film. Not great, but quite good.


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