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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


Phillip Gwynne (screenplay), Paul Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Phillips ... Gary 'Blacky' Black
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
Nick Readman Nick Readman ... Teamman
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


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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Play by the rules. Live by the rules. See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport


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A unique hazard was shooting much of the football training and the main character's house under the training area for a flight school. Despite the cold, the wet and the buzzing of training planes, the cast and crew were able to turn in a stellar result. 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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A profoundly sad movie
11 October 2017 | by jackcwelch23See all my reviews

I remember very clearly watching this movie as a kid in my lounge room and feeling a sadness I had never felt before. Maybe it was being in a close family then witnessing another family that is torn apart due to things I couldn't even understand yet. Racism, domestic violence, alcoholism, and simple stupidity and ignorance.

I remember feeling so bad that blacky could do little bout the events that unfold, the people and attitudes he has to deal with, and the painful sadness of being a big hearted person surrounded by people who don't understand him, and the ones who do also being victims of the lives they live.

This is a good movie, but it's not an easy watch. Tt has a truth and a straightforward nature you really only see in indies rather than the big budget movies. We also have a talent in Australia to make films that don't just have a set of convenient events that lead to a happier conclusion. It's simply life, in all its messiness and ugliness. I guess like blacky you just have to find the happiness any way you can.

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29 August 2002 (Australia) See more »

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