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When a young country footballer, Mat comes to the big smoke to stay with his cousin, all he wants is a quiet night. After a twelve hour odyssey of cops, crazies, harlots and heavies, all he wants is a new cousin.


Martin Wilson


Dave Warner




Credited cast:
John Batchelor ... Tiny Veneto
Mike Frencham Mike Frencham ... Vito
Marcus Graham ... Alex
Irene Jarzabeck Irene Jarzabeck ... Irene Spirogolou
Toby Malone ... Mat Spirogolou
Michael Muntz ... John Zagatti
Renee Newman-Storen Renee Newman-Storen ... Jesse
David Ngoombujarra David Ngoombujarra ... Dave
Damien Robertson Damien Robertson ... George Zagatti
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Gang member
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Nick Spirogolou
Tasma Walton ... Emma


Innocent country footballer MAT plans to spend one uneventful night in the city before his important AFL trial game. The same night his stuff-up cousin GEORGE is embroiled in a drugs delivery for ruthless loan shark TINY. In eight hair-raising hours of twisting fortune on the run from the law and lawless, Mat will become a man and George will become a hero. When the odds are against you, all you can do is roll the dice, roll with the punches and stick with family. Written by Dave Warner

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When the odds are against you, all you can do is roll the dice, roll with the punches and stick with family. See more »







Release Date:

1 March 2004 (Australia) See more »


Box Office


AUD 750,000 (estimated)
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Soul Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Director Martin Wilson and producer Angie Smith, had to beat over 65 other appliciants, Australia wide, to win the funding. See more »

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Country boy becomes crime-busting hero.
12 December 2004 | by sean_mcgSee all my reviews

A country-boy Aussie-Rules player (Mat) goes to the city the night before an all-important AFL trial match, where he is to be picked up by his cousin. And then things go wrong.

His no-hoper cousin has become mixed up in a drug deal involving local loan-shark / drug-dealer Tiny (who looks like any gangster anywhere but is definitively Australian). Needless to say, Mat becomes enmeshed in the chaos, and it isn't long before thoughts of tomorrow's match are shunted to the back of his mind as the night's frantic events unravel.

Accomplished Western Australian professional Shakespearean actor Toby Malone puts in a sterling performance as young naive country-boy Mat, and successfully plays a part well below his age. Best support comes from John Batchelor as Tiny, and an entertaining role by David Ngoombujarra as one of the cops following the events. Roll is fast-paced, often funny, and a very worthwhile use of an hour.

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