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Australian Rules (2002)

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Goldman

Writers:

Paul Goldman (screenplay), Phillip Gwynne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Phillips ... Gary 'Blacky' Black
Luke Carroll Luke Carroll ... Dumby Red
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ... Clarence
Tom Budge ... Pickles
Simon Westaway ... Bob Black
Celia Ireland ... Liz Black
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ... Arks
Martin Vaughan ... Darcy
Tony Briggs ... Pretty
Brian Torry Brian Torry ... Glenn Bright
Max Fairchild ... Big Mac
Eileen Darley Eileen Darley ... Shirl
Paul Simpson Paul Simpson ... Bar Regular
Denis Noble Denis Noble ... Bar Regular
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Tommy Red
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In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the underlying racism and class warfare threatens to make the team's greatest victories irrelevant. This holds particularly true for Blacky, a white teen who is more interested in books than sport, and his best friend, Dumby, the Aboriginal star of the team.

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Based on the award-winning novel Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Afstralezikoi kanones See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$61,607 (Australia), 30 August 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

According to visual effects house Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in South Australia, their challenge for this film was "RSP had the task of creating nine VFX shots and a title sequence on a restricted budget." Their solution was "the team at RSP removed eye movement and pulse in the neck of the main character in a scene at a funeral. Other shots included adding stars to a night sky, fixing camera shake, and creating more drama in a shot where Dumby spits on Blacky during football training." See more »

Goofs

The sign on the door seen when Blacky's dad is looking for the burglars has the text, 'LEH Lounge'. This is an indication of the shooting location, the Lord Exmouth Hotel. Although secondhand fittings and fixtures are used in community facilities in small Australian communities, it unlikely that the Prospect Bay Hotel would have used a secondhand door. See more »

Quotes

Gary 'Blacky' Black: Old man's Fruit and Nut?
Liz Black: Old man's Fruit and f***ing nut
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Featured in The Tracker: IF Awards 2002 (2003) See more »

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Sporting Chance: 3/5
26 March 2003 | by robmclarenSee all my reviews

Australia Rules begins like most sports movies. We follow a ramshackled team of underdogs as they prepare to play in the final of an Australian football match. However, the film quickly becomes a race drama showing the conflict in the team between the white and superior Aboriginal players, which manifests itself on the whole small town. We follow Blackie, played charismatic by Gary Black, whose best friend is Aborigine Dunby Red, the team's star player.

The film's topics are handled well, without dipping into cliché. The pacing of the film is excellent, showing how racial conflicts can escalate. However, the third act of the film lets it down. The film seems to be building to the race problem exploding, but instead fizzles out. The lack of conclusion is frustrating, although realistic.

The main problem is not so much that the film is bad. It's not. It just feels like it is going over similar ground to many films before. While always being enjoyable, it is never gripping. The direction by Goldman, particularly in the sports scenes, is very perfunctory.


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