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Erskineville Kings (1999)

Barky, 25, lost soul, left home two years ago to escape his abusive father leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him; now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home.

Director:

Alan White

Writer:

Marty Denniss (screenplay) (as Anik Chooney)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Denniss Marty Denniss ... Barky
Hugh Jackman ... Wace
Andrew Wholley Andrew Wholley ... Coppa
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey ... Trunny
Joel Edgerton ... Wayne
Leah Vandenberg ... Lanny
Marin Mimica Marin Mimica ... Kane
Lauren Clair Lauren Clair ... Ruby
Louise Birgan Louise Birgan ... Natasha
Paul Dawber ... Father
Mathew Botuchis ... Young Wace
Roy Billing ... Ticket Officer
Roxane Wilson ... Lady
John Alansu John Alansu ... Hairdresser
Darren Hanna Darren Hanna ... Cook
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Barky, a lost soul of 25, returns from the Australian cane fields to his hometown, inner-city Erskineville. Barky left two years ago to escape his drunken and abusive father, leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him. His brother Wace. His girlfriend Lanny. His life. Now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home, but Barky soon discovers that if staying home was hard, coming home is harder. Wace is bitter. Barky ran away just like their mother. Wace toughed it out. Alone he stood by his dying father. After two years and no explanation, can Lanny take Barky back? With everything on the line will Barky choose again to leave it all behind? In the King's Hotel the two brothers try to make sense out of life after their father's death. Beer, anger and pain prove to be a dangerous mix. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1999 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD 500,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Winterland
Written by B. Meyers and R. Peno
Performed by Died Pretty
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Mediocre attempt at drama
26 December 2001 | by Kim WincenSee all my reviews

Right from the word go, this movie is dull, flat and full of poor attempts at atmosphere.

Jackman's performance is so outstanding compared to the rest of the film it's almost painful to see him leave the shot. Otherwise the film is filled with poorly written, poorly shot performances by actors who seem to be very much aware of just how bad the material they're working with is.

While this will probably become a cult classic for those who (rightfully) adore Jackman's work, I have to advise that unless your just dying to see more of Hugh, give it a miss.


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