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In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, who leads the main gang in town. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ivan Sen 
Writing credits
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Ivan Sen  writer

Produced by
David Jowsey .... producer
Original Music by
Ivan Sen 
Cinematography by
Ivan Sen 
Film Editing by
Ivan Sen 
Production Management
Kate Cooper .... production manager
Jan Van Roey .... production manager
Sound Department
Kevin Binge .... sound recordist
Sam Hayward .... re-recording mixer
Angus Robertson .... sound post supervisor
Spike Cherrie .... stunt coordinator (as Spike Cherry)
Editorial Department
Trish Cahill .... colourist
Craig Deeker .... on-line editor
Gary Sofarelli .... post-production assistant
Jan Van Roey .... post coordinator
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
John Napier .... cellist
Other crew
Elspeth Baird .... production accountant
Michael Conners .... chaperone
Steve Hibberd .... technical liaison
Gordon MacPhail .... liaison: EFilm
Nerida Moore .... development executive
Reg Roordink .... safety: report
Craig Shand .... insurance broker: McKenna Hampton
Gai Steele .... production lawyer
Jan Van Roey .... e.p.k editor
Michael Wrenn .... marketing consultant
Kevin Binge .... in memory of
Kevin Christian .... thank you: NSW Childrens' Guardian
Anna Connors .... thank you
Shannon Dodson .... thank you: AIATSIS
Erica Glynn .... thank you
Ruth Harley .... thank you
Mark McCumber .... thank you
Gillian Moody .... thank you
Chris Reynolds .... thank you: NSW Childrens' Guardian
Sally Riley .... thank you
Alena Sen .... thank you
Greer Simpkin .... thank you (as Greer Simpkins)
Megan Simpson-Huberman .... thank you
Nicole Stevens .... thank you
Karen Telfer .... thank you
Donella Waters .... thank you
Chen Xi .... thank you

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Visit Films (2011) (worldwide) (all media)
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Australia:106 min
Color (HD)
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A story of alienation, violence and hope, 30 October 2011
Author: brimon28 from Canberra, Australia

Toomelah used to be a mission for aboriginal Australians. In the far north of the State of New South Wales, it was too far away to attract any attention from the state capital, Sydney, although it was right on the border of Queensland. Not until a community nurse resigned after exposing the abuse of children was any help offered, when the Australian government started an "intervention". Housing, sewerage and water supply were improved. To-day, the location of this film is still an aboriginal settlement. Its people are keen on education for their children, but substance abuse remains a problem.

Ivan Sen, who had been brought up here, walked the 15 Kilometres from the nearest town, Boggabilla. This is rich agricultural country, with cotton cropping. Sen's movie (yes, he does the script, the filming, the music) ignores the wealth of this sub-tropical demi-paradise. Poverty and neglect are apparent. Young Daniel carries the picture with very little to say. He is the observer, the cadet druggie. His father is alienated, devoted to methylated spirit. His mother tries half-heartedly to get him to go to school, but his disruptions force his expulsion. His Nan is his only consolation. He tries to relate to a visiting aunt, but she lives in the past. A violent episode, triggered by Daniel, brings resolution and redemption and hope.

This movie is well worth a look. The music is good. Sen is "handy" with the camera. I think perhaps that he could have used a tripod and a focus-puller. Sen edited the film himself. A few more seconds of cutting would improve it.

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