A disillusioned son's trip home is complicated when ten years of family secrets explode over one weekend.

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Ethan McIver ...
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Nathan McIver ...
Cooper
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Blazey Best ...
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Altar Boy
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David Mealor ...
Bruce
Susie Collins ...
Attendant at Servo
Sean Brand ...
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Natalie Tricker ...
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A disillusioned son's trip home is complicated when ten years of family secrets explode over one weekend.

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Everything changes... except family.

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The meaning of the title "Ten Empty" refers to the number of canvasses the mother is given to paint as part of her psychological cognitive therapy. When given to her, they are ten empty canvasses. See more »

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A glass of beer appears in Ross's hand during his drunken scene, just after he has tried to get Elliot to play the piano. See more »

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An Aussie gem
13 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw Ten Empty at an early screening and I must say, rarely are we afforded a chance to become taken in by such a raw and true story of an Australian family. Anthony Hayes and Brendan Cowell have crafted a complex and indeed unique collection of characters that will resonate with everyone. The fact that they're dysfunctional is nothing new of course, but the filmmakers have tapped into the Australian small town suburban life-cycle with such insight that the set up is fresh and actually very close and true to what most Aussies live everyday. Indeed, the element that really struck me the most while watching Ten Empty was that of its familiarity—I know these people, these places, these troubles—and even if I have never lived this life fully, I'm propelled into their lives and can't help but connect to who is on the screen. Even though the story deals with difficulties—dysfunctions, death, other issues starting with 'd'—Hayes recognises the strength in his characters and this is usually delivered through humour. When things are tough, Aussies have a laugh and then deal with it. This film appeals not only to the dramatic, but the light-hearted and the inclusion of such fine actors as Jack Thompson, Brendan Cowell and Blazey Best helps bring a real warmth and truth to the story. Ten Empty is at times sad, fierce, funny and an ultimately poignant and redeeming two hours of quality Australian cinema.


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