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Mullet (2001)

A dark-sheep type of man returns to his hometown after a prolonged absence. While he's been gone ludicrous rumours have spread about his whereabouts. Is he a big footy player or is he a ... See full summary »

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David Caesar

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David Caesar
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Eddie 'Mullet' Maloney
Susie Porter ... Tully
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Peter Maloney
Belinda McClory ... Kay
Tony Barry ... Col Maloney
Kris McQuade ... Gwen Maloney
Peta Brady Peta Brady ... Robbie Maloney
Wayne Blair ... James
Paul Kelman Paul Kelman ... Gary
Steve Le Marquand ... Jones
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey ... Terry
Jim Webb Jim Webb ... Big Bloke
Nash Edgerton ... Winger
Bryan Brown ... Publican (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caz Adams Caz Adams ... Radio / TV Advertisements (voice)
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A dark-sheep type of man returns to his hometown after a prolonged absence. While he's been gone ludicrous rumours have spread about his whereabouts. Is he a big footy player or is he a film star. Turns out he's still the same lovable but not likable sort of fellow he was when he left. He wants his old girlfriend back even though she is married to his brother now and is pregnant. For money he nets in mullets (hence his nickname, Mullet) but no'one wants to buy them. People begin to get sick of him being back again and become hostile, telling him to leave again. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$466,648
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Caesar wrote the role of Mullet with Ben Mendelsohn in mind, but thought he was too young for the role. By the time he found funding, Mendelsohn was the ideal age for the role of Mullet. Mendelsohn had participated in most of the staged readings of the script, but always played another role. See more »

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Pointing the camera at the navel
21 July 2001 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

. I did my best to like this film, and it has many good things. A reasonably tight script, a good smoldering performance from Ben Mendelssohn in the lead, fine supporting performances from Andrew Gilbert, Susie Porter, Tony Barry, Kris McQuaide and Belinda McClory, rugby league, nice countryside, stark, open, beautiful cinematography, and even a decent theme; what is there at the heart of the Aussie soul?

Well, mullet is a pretty dull fish, and this celebration of it, if that's the right word, just wasn't entertaining. The film even at 90 minutes dragged. Some contrived drama at the end came to nothing. The characters were understandable, if not likeable, but it really just amounted to pointing the camera at a group of country people and saying `tell us about the hollowness of your lives.' It is partly redeemed by a reasonably upbeat ending. It was like a film school piece made by someone with 10 years experience in the industry. It may have some resonance with Australians who have good attention spans (especially residents of Kiama), and is pretty to watch, but mullet like to swim in shallow waters, which this film never leaves.


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