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Call Me Mum (2006)

Kate is on a plane taking Warren, her 18 year old Torres Strait Islander foster son, to meet Flo, his birth mother, who is gravely ill in hospital in Brisbane. Flo hasn't seen Warren since ... See full summary »

Director:

Margot Nash
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Catherine McClements Catherine McClements ... Kate
Vicki Saylor Vicki Saylor ... Flo
Lynette Curran ... Dellmay
Dayne Christian Dayne Christian ... Warren
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Keith
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Kate is on a plane taking Warren, her 18 year old Torres Strait Islander foster son, to meet Flo, his birth mother, who is gravely ill in hospital in Brisbane. Flo hasn't seen Warren since she took him to the hospital on Thursday Island when he was a toddler and the white authorities took him away. But as Warren, Flo and Kate all prepare themselves for the reunion, unbeknown to them, Kate's Brisbane based parents, Keith and Dellmay, are planning a different kind of reunion. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2006 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Kate: I'm the ever ready Eveready, and I will never say die.
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Excellent, and rather confronting, Australian film
14 September 2010 | by IntriguerSee all my reviews

In my opinion, Call Me Mum is a hidden gem of Australian movies in the 21st century. It is one that probably gets replayed only once every year or two by SBS and is certainly not out on DVD (yet). For a film which only stars five people - and is set in just three places: a plane, a (very 1950s perhaps) house, and a hospital room - it is quite great. The characters don't interact much, with the exception of Keith and Dellmay (husband and wife, otherwise known as DellKeith), and is almost set up in like a monologue/mockumentary style as each of them tell their story to the camera. Kate (Catherine McClements) is a foster mother who is very upfront with the world, Warren (Dayne Christian) is an 18 year old who should have his whole life ahead of him, Flo (Vicki Saylor) is a very ill, very sorrowful woman, and DellKeith (Lynette Curran and Ross Thompson) are very strange people indeed, especially Keith.

Call Me Mum definitely wasn't quite what I was expecting when I recorded it on television recently, but that was the beauty (and surprise) of it.


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