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Blackrock (1997)

When a young schoolgirl is raped and murdered, the mateship between a group of surfers is tested as the truth is slowly revealed.

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Steven Vidler

Writers:

Nick Enright (screenplay), Nick Enright (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Breuls Laurence Breuls ... Jared
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Diane
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ... Ricko
Chris Haywood ... Det. Sgt. Wilansky
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ... Cherie
Jeanette Cronin ... Lesley Warner
David Field ... Ken Warner
Justine Clarke ... Tiffany
Essie Davis ... Det.Gilhooley
Jessica Napier ... Rachel
Bojana Novakovic ... Tracy (as Boyana Novakovich)
Shayne Francis Shayne Francis ... Glenys
John Howard ... Len Kirby
Geoff Morrell ... Stewart Ackland
Cameron Nugent Cameron Nugent ... Jason
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In New South Wales, Jared surfs with his mates and has a first girl. He hosts a beach party for his older pal, Ricko, and witnesses four of his mates gang-rape a 15 year old. He does nothing, and the next day, she's found murdered. At school, the boys and the girls react: the girls with anger at the perpetrators, the boys with jeering at the dead girl's morality. The students' parents have their own responses. Jared retreats into angry silence, disgusted that he did nothing to help the dead girl. Meanwhile, his mother wants to talk to him about her impending cancer surgery, the police want to know what he saw, and his friend Ricko wants an alibi. Jared's cracking under the pressure. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One party. One witness. No one's talking. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Credited theatrical movie debut of Heath Ledger (Toby). See more »

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References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »

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For what it was worth...
31 May 2006 | by ceefactorSee all my reviews

To be completely honest, the only reason i saw this movie was because in our English class we read the screenplay by Nick Enright. And that was it. I wouldn't have watched this movie otherwise.

Yes, this movie contained an almost-taboo subject that hasn't been seen all that often before. But that is the problem: The whole movie rotated around that one happening, this one occurrence.

And, 10 years later, we have become somewhat desensitized to those occurrences, making them not as shocking as they would have been say, 10 years ago.

If that doesn't collapse an already shaky plot, nothing will.

Put it simply, this movie was made to shock people. It was made to bring to light a subject that usually isn't discussed. But the problem, the hole in this plan, was that it didn't.

Another thing i noticed was that the acting was extremely rushed. The dialogue was rushed. The reactions and emotions were rushed. Some of the characters would scream and cry and shout insults at mere words that would only at most leave us frowning. What the director was trying to convey as hopelessness and devastation only came through as characters in need of intense anger management.

Another is that the characters themselves were not given anything to hold onto. If i hadn't read the original screenplay, half of these characters morals would be foreign to me. I had an advantage not many would have had before this by actually having an idea of what these people were like. But the thing is, that shouldn't happen. People shouldn't have to read the original works just to get a genuine idea of the movie.

There were also tiny sub-plots that i guess were added in for extra depth, but only ended up being completely unnecessary.

And, finally, the dialogue. Now, because this movie was set in Australia, and hey, i'm Australian too, i can spot when the slang is forced - a feat that appears in so many other Australian movies. And my gosh, it's forced in this movie. It is all too bush for a bunch of teenagers.

One of the only things i can commend the director on is keeping me somewhat entranced for the better part of the movie. I was interested in what was going to happen, but after the climax i felt it was a little stretched. the dark underlying themes - domestic violence, rape, suicide and relationship issues, kept that interest, as weird as it is to admit.

Also, the party scenes in particular were spot-on. The director conveyed the frenzy of teenage parties so accurately i found myself comparing them to some of the own i've been to. And the locations were decent too, and convinced me. I was also happy to see a few familiar faces - a cameo-like appearance from Health Ledger, Jade Gatt off of one of my old favourite cartoon TV shows and that guy off all saints whose name i can never remember.

For what it's worth, the movie does make you think. I know the rape scene haunted me for a little while even after the movie finished. It is also a fact that when our teacher shut it off in class we were more silent than we ever had been before.

Mostly if you just approach it with the fact it is only a movie you'll appreciate it in the slightest.


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1 May 1997 (Australia) See more »

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