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...
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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.
Blacky's dad makes a comment about him "rooting a gin". 'Root' is an Australian slang term for sex. 'Gin' is a term, now considered offensive, for an Australian Aboriginal woman. Its origin is from djin, the Eora aboriginal word for woman. The word was adopted by European settlers. See more »
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 »
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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