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Suburban Mayhem (2006)

The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her, but everybody's trying.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Andretti
Laurence Breuls ...
John Skinner
Christine Andretti
Lawrence Aitchson ...
Welfare Man (as Lawrence Aitchison)
Rod Ansell ...
Angry Neighbour
Christine Armstrong ...
Defence Lawyer
Philippe Ayoub ...
Sergeant Harris (as Phillip Ayoub)
Callan Boys ...
Random Guy
Nigel Castellum ...
Junior Policeman


Why does a 19 year-old girl plot to kill her own father? Katrina Skinner is stuck in suburbia with her toddler daughter and her devoted dad. Her brother Danny is in jail for life for murder. Her mother abandoned her years ago. The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her but everybody's trying. Her dad won't mind his own business. Katrina misses her brother. She needs money for his appeal. She's bored and she's sick of living with her dad. She's not going to work a day in her life and she knows her dad's not going to help her financially anymore. She's first in line for the family inheritance. All she needs to do now is convince one of her lovers to do the deed and she's never had much trouble getting men to do what she wants. All for the love of her brother. It's John Skinner's funeral, inside the Golden Grove Crematorium. Kat sits on the front pew between her cheeky fiancé Rusty and her toddler daughter Bailee. Her mobile phone ... Written by Alice Bell

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There are some things in life you can't control. Fame. Lust. Murder . . . And Katrina. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Külvárosi káosz  »


Box Office


AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Alice Bell was Emily Barclay's body double for the film. Driving, texting and snorting cornflour instead of speed. See more »


Lilya: It wasn't us that called welfare. I swear. It must have been your dad.
Katrina: You stupid bitch. If you ever call my dad again, I'll come after you. I'll kill you. Your dad. Your stupid fuckin sister and your nan.
Lilya: I don't have a nan.
Katrina: Well that's lucky for you then isn't it?
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18 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Emily Barclay… wow. What an excellently untouchable and stormy performance of teasing manipulation, in what drives and sets the kinetically sensationalized story of crime, drugs, sex, revenge and murder in motion. This sexily gusty little Australian made feature uses an old formula, but the pictorial direction pumps it up with vigorously hard-hitting energy and flashy techniques smothered by a rollicking rock soundtrack featuring homegrown talent. Fashionably mechanical handling throughout, but effectively unapologetic nonetheless. However director Paul Goldman does a good job etching in an authentic atmosphere of the western suburbs. The story follows that of Katrina Skinner… a rebellious 19 year old mum that's into crime, sex, cars and likes to be the 'showpiece' of the town. When her brother is put away for murder, she sets up a plan to hopefully bail him out. However her father (movingly tailored performance by Robert Morgan) is worried, especially about her baby daughter as she goes about leaving others to look after the child (namely her staunch boyfriend played Michael Dorman), as she searches for a recklessly good time. Everyone wants to see her clean up, but she won't have anything to with it and begins to turn on those who she believes are in the way. The plot is done in a fragmented style where in between the story; it would cut to a documentary crew filming people who were somewhat involved with Katrina asking questions about her. It's character-based with its cutting script with it being very vague on motivation, but lingering within is an intense mean-streak and suitably dark and racy comedic elements. Spitefully quirky, but compelling largely due to the unswervingly strong performances.

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