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Oyster Farmer (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 June 2005 (Australia)
A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.


Anna Reeves


Anna Reeves
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex O'Loughlin ... Jack Flange (as Alex O'Lachlan)
Jim Norton ... Mumbles
Diana Glenn ... Pearl
David Field ... Brownie
Kerry Armstrong ... Trish
Claudia Harrison ... Nikki Flange
Alan Cinis Alan Cinis ... Slug
Jack Thompson ... Skippy
Brady Kitchingham ... Heath
Gary Henderson Gary Henderson ... Oyster Farmer Barry
Bill Wisely Bill Wisely ... Old Man Peterson
Brian Howarth Brian Howarth ... Barney
Ian Johnson Ian Johnson ... Oyster Farmer #1
Peter Johnson Peter Johnson ... Oyster Farmer #2
Lloyd Spencer Lloyd Spencer ... Oyster Farmer #3


Jack Flange leaves the big city for a respite in Australia's Hawkesbury River region, where generations of oyster fishermen (and maybe one woman) have made a living, built histories, and piled up grievances. Jack finds a small-town mentality, with pluses and minuses. There's also a recent burglary and lots of missing cash. Jack gets a job oystering; his boss is separated from a woman of invention, Jack's attracted to a chambermaid turned letter carrier, and there are plenty of mine fields for a city boy to step through. Jack also has a sister, who's ill, to worry about. It's a river journey of self discovery. Is he passing through, or has he found home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Risk is an aphrodisiac.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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The Producer ended up with the bath from the movie. See more »


Toward the end of the film, Jack is traveling northbound on a V-series train and says "he's got to go back". Nikki says to him "then go", he moves to get off the train and the next shot shows him standing at Wondabyne Station. Problem is, the background footage has already depicted the train having gone past the station (you can see the stone carvings - they are NORTH of the station) and also the V-Series trains (silver) don't actually stop at Wondabyne. You need to be traveling on the OSCARs (grey with yellow doors) for them to actually stop at Wondabyne. See more »


Mumbles: She's an emotional manipulator of the worst kind and a great fuck. And that, my friend, is a terrifying combination.
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Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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All Aussie......
21 November 2005 | by lejay77See all my reviews

A great Australian romantic comedy about life and love on the Hawksbury River. The scenes in this film are all very beautiful and captivating, with mention of popular tourist destinations such as Gosford.

New to the big screen, actor Alex O'Lachlan shines as the clumsy thief with the unfortunate name, Jack Flange who robs the local fish markets in order to pay for his sisters hospital bills after a car accident. Jack then posts the money to himself but it suspiciously never arrives and he begins to suspect everyone around him of taking it.

Jack Thompson makes an appearance and Dianna Glenn is charming as the lovable Pearl.

If you like Australian films, you'll love The Oyster Farmer.

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Release Date:

30 June 2005 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,245, 31 July 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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