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My Brother Jack (2001)

A boy looks up to his big brother, Jack, who is his hero and is someone that he is not - brave, noble and has the courage to stand up to their father. When their father returns from the ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Cameron

Writers:

John Alsop, George Johnston (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Day ... David Meredith
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ... Jack Meredith
Claudia Karvan ... Cressida Morley
William McInnes ... Mr. Meredith
Angie Milliken ... Minnie Meredith
Ellouise Rothwell Ellouise Rothwell ... Helen Midgeley
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Gavin Turley
Raelee Hill ... Sheila
Felix Williamson ... Sam Burlington
Jack Thompson ... Bernard Brewster
Lucy Taylor ... Jessica
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Old Joe Denton
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Paul Klein
Jonathan Oldham Jonathan Oldham ... Bert
Rebecca Howell Rebecca Howell ... Peggy Turley
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A boy looks up to his big brother, Jack, who is his hero and is someone that he is not - brave, noble and has the courage to stand up to their father. When their father returns from the battlefields of France to his family, he sends his younger son to an apprenticeship in a jam factory designing the labels. There, his boss sends him off to art school, but his real passion is writing. He began to send small stories into the newspaper. While the boy cannot draw, he discovers that he has a talent for writing. The depression sets in. The older son, Jack, who had escaped to the country returns with a girl suffering double pneumonia. Worst of all she is a Catholic and the father hates Catholics. The phrase Susso kids: the outbreak of World war II. Brother Jack rushes to enlist and his brother was unable/not allowed because he was a key reporter for the newspapers. They need him for propaganda. Written by L. zitter

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Meu Irmão Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD7,500,000 (estimated)
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Network Ten See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good old time in Australia
8 December 2006 | by mkrjmnSee all my reviews

Once upon a time, there was Australia, where prostitution and gambling were not officially legalized major industries in Melbourne, there were enough jobs outside these industries in other fields of activities for Anglo-Saxons at least, and there were enough newcomers from other places than England for a dirty low paid existence.

This good old time between WWI and WWII has been depicted with a DVD extract of TV show "My brother Jack", at the time a revolutionary tale of ordinary people's family, not a usual Australian story of British adventurers, pirates or simply bandits - Kelly or no-ideology-attached other criminals.

And it very much differs from usual Australian top-movies among which recent "Ten Canoes" is a welcome sound exemption, where stupidity and sexuality rule (Jakass, Bad Boy Buddy for instance).

I will not place this DVD on my shelf, but it is definitely of some interest for trying understand roots of contemporary Australia.


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