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Metal Skin (1994)

Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey. Joe and Dazey form a friendship based on a mutual interest ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aden Young ... Joe
Tara Morice ... Savina
Nadine Garner ... Roslyn
Ben Mendelsohn ... Dazey
Chantal Contouri ... Savina's Mother
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Pop
Arthur Angel ... Paul Secchi
Richard Sutherland ... Rosco
Anita Smith Anita Smith ... Lisa (as Anita Cerdic)
Tommy Dysart ... Mr. Graham
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ... Dazey's Father
Nicholas Politis Nicholas Politis ... Paul Secchi's Boy (as Nicholas Polites)
Felix Biviano Felix Biviano ... Paul Secchi's Boy
Ed McShortall Ed McShortall ... Ted (as Eddy McShortall)
Peter Houghton Peter Houghton ... Thomas
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Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey. Joe and Dazey form a friendship based on a mutual interest in old hot cars. Joe also forms a relationship with a Satanic fellow employee. The nihilism of these young characters, coupled with parental disputes, leads to various tragedies. Written by Russell Graeber <russell_graeber@dpa.act.gov.au>

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Everything is about to go totally out of control

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1995 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Juventud frenetica See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Jane Usher edited most of the film whilst Bill Murphy only edited the final nail biting car chase. The difference in styles in alarmingly striking and genuinely added fuel to the high octane film. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Shot of Love' (2006) See more »

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Powerful use of Arthurian themes in a modern setting
9 March 2005 | by somebozo943See all my reviews

Essentially a re-setting of the Arthurian stories in the context of an Australian subculture of lost, dope-addled car-obsessed young males, this is a compelling and disturbing look at how empty, disconnected lives can become focused on an arbitrary quest in order to find meaning. Cars playing 'chicken' substitutes for jousting, the quest for the ultimate turbo charger replaces the Holy Grail, a spell-casting bogan witch girl takes the role of Morgan Le Fay. The title probably comes from the line in John Boorman's equally bizarre Arthurian movie "Excalibur" - When Arthur questions whether Lancelot should leave his lands and people to serve him, Lancelot points to his armour and says "I gave up my castles, and my lands - my domain is here, inside this metal skin". Similarly the characters here are totally cut off from their families and any other human emotional connection, they carry their entire world around inside the metal skins of their cars.


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