A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
Reviews
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Summer Coda (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hitchhiking home to a family she's never known, Heidi meets Michael. In the stunning orange groves of country Australia, they embark on an adventure, discovering their secrets and lives may be better shared.

Director: Richard Gray
Stars: Rachael Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Daniel Frederiksen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ben (Josh Lawson) is a twenty-something up and coming marketing guru who is invited to his old school to speak at a careers event, which is also attended by Alex (Rachael Taylor), an old ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Sitch
Stars: Josh Lawson, Rachael Taylor, Daniel Henshall
Ghost Machine (2009)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two technicians battle a vengeful spirit that has infected their stolen military software.

Director: Chris Hartwill
Stars: Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Luke Ford
Splinterheads (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a traveling carnival comes to a small town, a lifelong slacker meets the girl of his dreams (Rachael Taylor) and wakes up to the life he has yet to begin living.

Director: Brant Sersen
Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor, Christopher McDonald
Biography | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A film memoir based on NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences.

Director: Gaylene Preston
Stars: Tony Barry, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Rowan Bettjeman
Action | Horror | Thriller

An inhuman traveler sets out to kill the entire population of a small, desolate town over the course of a single night.

Director: Serhat Caradee
Wig Shop (2016)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Kat Coiro
Stars: Milo Burke, Rachel Keller, Emily Mortimer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of two college graduates from the Midwest who move to Los Angeles, where their love is tested for the first time.

Director: Matt Cooper
Stars: Martin Henderson, Piper Perabo, Jason Winer
Walk of Shame (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs
The Moment I (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled writer John (Martin Henderson) ends in John's disappearance, Lee lands in a mental ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Weinstock
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Henderson, Alia Shawkat
Juveniles I (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Nico Sabenorio
Stars: Beau Knapp, Stephen Moyer, Casey J. Adler
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Amie
...
Mathew
...
Jamal Ayoub
...
Bell Room Door Man
...
Danny
...
Tarek Ayoub
...
Assad
...
Cassar
...
Luke
...
Zac
...
Bec
...
Craig
Drew Pearson ...
Camera News Man
...
News Reader
Sara Bailey ...
Clubber
Edit

Storyline

A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lebanese | drugs | australia | bar | taxi | See All (33) »

Taglines:

There are two types... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 July 2009 (Australia)  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Serhat Caradee made Cedar Boys in 26 days over 38 locations, which is a record for an Australian film. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Above average Australian crime film
20 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am an Australian and in our country, we are pretty suspicious of our own crime and genre films. There is always something not quite right. they either imitate American cinema, have our local dialogue painfully wrong or just get details totally off the mark. they can also have mediocre production values or poor style and direction. Chopper is perhaps the best Australian film of the Genre. It got the detail right and could be taken seriously. Lately, our TV has been dominated with Australian "true crime" stories such as the Underbelly series. people love the salacious content and real life figures (often dead in real-life from gang-land murders) being depicted on screen. Unfortunately Its pretty crap made for TV entertainment.

The Cedar Boys is a low budget film entry into the genre. I was skeptical going in but its honestly quite a nice little gem.

The film revolves around a few guys in the Lebanese community who deal drugs. One naive guy in the group, motivated by impressing a girl with cocaine and raising cash for his Brothers court appeal, finds a way of getting a cheap stash of drugs. This requires stealing them from another dealer, who isn't home and that is pretty much the set up.

What I liked about the film was it kept things pretty low-key. it didn't go over the top with stereotypes, ramp up any unnecessary drama or action. Its an efficient and mostly tight genre piece that becomes more satisfying and engrossing as it goes along. The protagonist is perfectly alright in the role of the mostly good natured guy going bad but his two collaborators (one cocky the other understated) are really excellent. There are bits and pieces that don't work, shots that are not perfect but the shooting schedule was 26 days and that is a record for an Australian feature film. I think the briskness of the shoot mostly worked in its favor, giving a pretty fresh and organic feel.

What works is the low-budget. The locations are real and the shooting is mostly an effective doco style approach. I didn't like the constant green tones in the colour scheme though. it is a look used in too many films.

As I said the story unfolds and becomes more interesting as things sharpen up to a totally satisfying climax. I enjoyed this film because of being surprised at how well made it was. reading the synopsis, I was expecting a cringe-fest and wasn't going to check it out at all. I switched over to the station it was playing on and it ended up being a worthy experience.

Us Australians love to get the knives out, tearing apart Aussie films and often for good reason but I can honestly say this is worth watching. The secret to these films being successful is often a low budget and being forced to do most of it for real, avoiding clichés and often getting inexperienced actors that already inhabit a look and feel you want. It can bring authenticity which the genre otherwise lacks.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?