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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 »


Paul Goldman


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


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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Gary Black, average footballer, reluctant hero See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

29 August 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Afstralezikoi kanones See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Once the picture went out into the marketplace, it was picked up by the first people to read it. The Adelaide Festival of Arts and public broadcaster SBS Independent were producing a group of films together under the title "Shedding Light" all to premiere at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2002. Then Showtime Australia came in followed by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC). Distributor Palace Films and International Sales Agent Beyond International also then followed, won over by the story's depth, inventiveness, and emotional resonance. The Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC) came in to complete the picture, and they became the majority principal investor. Without them, most Australian films would simply never be made. See more »


The shot of Dumby in the coffin show his body laid out below the edge of the coffin. However when Blacky kisses him goodbye, Dumby's head is above the level of the coffin edge. See more »


Gary 'Blacky' Black: Aw come on who is the lucky lady this week... Aw Kylie! No Way!
Dumby Red: Come on Blacky!
Gary 'Blacky' Black: No No No. I Can't!
Dumby Red: Aw, why?
Gary 'Blacky' Black: She's Special to me Dumby!
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24 June 2007 | by djase10See all my reviews

I watched this movie on SBS last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Being from South Australia myself it touched me more than i thought it would, as i somehow lost interest in Aussie Rules Football a number of years ago. A simple yet deep movie, & powerful in a supple way. Depicts the separate lives of indigenous / white fellas living together in a rural setting. Where Even when best of mates from each culture can have dramas just being mates, due to the others color . Reminiscent to me of of Another Great South Australian movie - Fire in the stone . Harsh landscapes & arid South Australian land mixed HOT coastline add to it perfectly . Purely South Australian.

GREAT. do enjoy

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