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Oyster Farmer (2004)

A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.

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Anna Reeves

Writer:

Anna Reeves
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas ton erota See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$109,603 (Australia), 5 August 2005, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Brownie: [of Jack's new love interest] She'll ruin you, mate. She's high maintenance.
Jack Flange: How's that?
Brownie: See those boots she's got on?
Jack Flange: Yeah.
Brownie: Cost over a thousand bucks.
Jack Flange: Bullshit.
Brownie: No, her mom told me. *Designer*, apparently.
Jack Flange: How d'you reckon she pays for them?
Brownie: [gives him a long look] Hairy checkbook, mate.
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Connections

Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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Quirky but Quite Good
7 November 2005 | by -628See all my reviews

Oyster Farmer is a curious Australian movie in that its production values are more impressive than the story itself. First and foremost, the music throughout the movie is brilliant in that it suits the movie perfectly. The cinematography is likewise first class - the aerial scenes of the Hawkesbury River in particular are stunning. Also, the editing is tight and keeps the movie from bogging down - the editor and director deserve commendation for keeping the movie flowing.

The story itself is quirky and sometimes makes quantum leaps in credibility but, hey, what interesting movie doesn't? The acting is believable and allows you to understand the characters in most cases.

As a simple tale of life in a remote river community, the movie works quite well and deserves its reputation as a significant Australian film. Not great, but quite good.


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