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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 Simon Westaway ... Bob Black
Celia Ireland 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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The nick-name of Gary Black (Nathan Phillip) was '"Blacky" whilst the nick-name of Mr. Robertson (Kevin Harrington) was "Arks". 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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Referenced in Outtakes (2003) See more »

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Brilliant
20 November 2002 | by camsean73See all my reviews

An amazing movie very different from the usual Australian "Feel good" movie. It is great to see a film that comments on contemporary relations between Black and White Australia - Showing faults on both sides. This film deserved a much larger audience than it got but I guess everyone was too busy watching Spiderman.


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