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Oyster Farmer (2004)

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

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Jack Flange (as Alex O'Lachlan)
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Pearl
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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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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>

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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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Box Office

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$109,603 (Australia), 5 August 2005, Limited Release
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Toward the end of the film, Jack is traveling northbound on a V-series train and says "he's got to go back". Nikki says to him "then go", he moves to get off the train and the next shot shows him standing at Wondabyne Station. Problem is, the background footage has already depicted the train having gone past the station (you can see the stone carvings - they are NORTH of the station) and also the V-Series trains (silver) don't actually stop at Wondabyne. You need to be traveling on the OSCARs (grey with yellow doors) for them to actually stop at Wondabyne. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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The true star of this movie was the Hawkesbury River
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

There was a certain degree of anticipation for this movie for me, since I live in the area where most of the movie is set. And after being part of the experience - drinking at the pub with some of the stars, and watching the film crew in action, it certainly didn't disappoint!!

It's not every day that you watch a movie on the big screen set in your own suburb, recognize the faces of locals who have bit parts, and feel a great sense of pride in the beautiful scenery that you have come to know so well... it's a bit surreal....

I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the movie quite so much if it wasn't set in my home town, but nevertheless, the story was pleasant enough, the characters were likable... some may find it a little slow and tame, and the plot was a little disjointed, with not a great deal of drama or suspense or even character development.

The general consensus of my neighbours who have seen the film is that the true star of the movie was the Hawkesbury River.


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