Set in the maligned western suburbs of Sydney, Lebanese-Australian John gets out of gaol to discover his younger brother Charlie is caught up with drugs, hookers and crime. Charlie oscillates between the streets and school. Daily clashes between Scott and Charlie's gang escalate. This feud spills into the streets in a territory and identity battle that turns bloody. The Combination dares to shed light on the racial tension that has often boiled over into incidents like the Cronulla riots. Suburban stereotypes are challenged when John falls for an Australian girl named Sydney. She presents an opportunity for a new start - yet with each step closer to her he is made painfully aware of the choice he will have to make - family or love. Written by
John Perrie (producer) originally came to this project as a script editor after a chance encounter with director David Field. John and David were both holidaying on the south coast when their children started playing together. See more »
John drives to Ibo's house to deal with him, and ends up WALKING back home without his car for no apparent reason. See more »
I wanted to watch something boring. I chose to watch The Combination. The beginning didn't promise me much, I even had to check if this was an Australian film, and actually it was!
I am neither Australian nor Lebanese, but I have met both cultures for at least a brief moment in my lifetime. So the question when watching a story of Lebanese in Australia was: are the facts just? Is this real? It is. Although people are depicted differently from those I have seen in the real world, parts of them that are true and up to a point are also shown.
Is the material educative? Yes. You can remember your history lessons, fighting skills, and how to be romantic.
Will you be bored? I was not.
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?