The Magician follows charismatic, yet volatile hitman Ray Shoesmith (Ryan) around Melbourne while he is being filmed by a friend and neighbour... See full synopsis »

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Ray Shoesmith
Ben Walker ...
Tony Rickards
Massimiliano Andrighetto ...
Massimo "Max" Totti
Kane Mason ...
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Nathaniel Lindsay ...
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The Magician follows charismatic, yet volatile hitman Ray Shoesmith (Ryan) around Melbourne while he is being filmed by a friend and neighbour... See full synopsis »

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He makes people disappear. [Australia Tehatrical] See more »

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12 November 2010 (USA)  »

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The film was made over a year with about ten full shooting days See more »

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References The Guns of Navarone (1961) See more »

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I'll Be Gone
Written by Mike Rudd
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A magnetic and totally convincing performance by newcomer Scott Ryan
6 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Melbourne hit-man Ray Shoesmith discovers that his next-door neighbour is a film student, he commissions him to document his life - the footage is to be released à la Pauline Hanson in the event of his early death. Australian filmmaker Scott Ryan is writer, director and star of The Magician. It's not the violence that Ryan focuses on, but the conversation, the banalities and intensities of human interaction and obsessive interest in detail. The film shows us what makes Ray tick as we witness first hand his brutal efficiency. It's a fake documentary played straight. It's darkly comic and totally draws you in, to the point where you wonder if it's real. It's Ryan's marvellous performance that serves as the glue that holds everything together. His character is a killer, a man who'd as soon pull the trigger as not, but without smoothing out any of the rough edges the actor makes you like him when what you should be feeling is utter loathing. And that's no small achievement. Scott Ryan has a gift for the Aussie vernacular that ensures his remarkable debut (think Chopper meets Spinal Tap) is destined for cult status.


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