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The Tender Hook (2008)

The story is about Iris' rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.

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Jonathan Ogilvie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... Iris
Tyler Coppin ... Donnie
John Batchelor ... Ronnie
Hugo Weaving ... McHeath
Matthew Le Nevez ... Art Walker (as Matt Le Nevez)
Andrew Nolte Andrew Nolte ... The Subjects Trumpet
Daniel Potts Daniel Potts ... The Subjects Bass
Chris Wood Chris Wood ... The Subjects Banjo
Braydon Chlow Braydon Chlow ... The Subjects Drummer
John Lakos John Lakos ... Art's Corner Man
Brendan Guerin Brendan Guerin ... Mike Flynn
Graham Murray Graham Murray ... Referee #1
Pia Miranda Pia Miranda ... Daisy
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Hackett
Bob Murdoch Bob Murdoch ... Roy
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The story is about Iris' rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.

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Love is a prize and the winner takes all.


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Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity, drug use and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boxer and the Bombshell See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

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Mandala Films,Film Finance See more »
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This was Daniel Potts first foray in the movie industry. See more »

Connections

References The Ring (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of a Thin Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Hugo Weaving
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A modern film noir!
25 September 2008 | by christine-kirkwoodSee all my reviews

This is one of the best Australian films I've seen in years. From the witty script by director Jonathan Ogilvie to the stunning moody cinematography of Geoffrey Simpson, this film has it all. Mystery, intrigue, romance and glamour.

Backed by the divine soundtrack by Chris Abrahams (including Hugo Weaving in one of his finest performances singing a Leonard Cohen number). The superb casting makes this an unmissable release for 2008. Keep an eye out for the exquisite costumes (Cappi Ireland and Akira Isogawa) and the stunning art deco locations and architecture.

Do yourself a favour AND support Australian film, see The Tender Hook!


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