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Bastard Boys 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2007)
The true story about the war on the Australian waterfront, when on the 7th April 1998, Chris Corrigan and the Liberal Government at the time, conspired and illegally dismissed the unionised... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Darren K. Hawkins Darren K. Hawkins ...  Mike 1 episode, 2007
Kelly Hetherington Kelly Hetherington ...  Union Guest 1 episode, 2007
Lynne McGregor Lynne McGregor ...  Jenny George 1 episode, 2007
Ivan Topic Ivan Topic ...  Toll Booth Operator 1 episode, 2007


The true story about the war on the Australian waterfront, when on the 7th April 1998, Chris Corrigan and the Liberal Government at the time, conspired and illegally dismissed the unionised workforce. The series tells the story from both sides, and how the Maritime Union of Australia fought diligently to get the some 2000 sacked workers their jobs back. Written by Keith Mills

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Release Date:

13 May 2007 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD 6,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(2 Parts)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Most of the characters portrayed are real individuals, many of whom were interviewed in the process of writing the drama. However, a number of characters were invented and events were considerably compressed for dramatic purposes. Notably, the waterside workers portrayed in the drama were composites, based on interviews with many waterside workers. See more »

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Yet another brilliant drama from Aunty
14 May 2007 | by jess_purplemonkeySee all my reviews

I was only 12 when the waterfront dispute took place, and because I was away at the time, I knew basically nothing about what had happened. I didn't even know what the dispute was over.

Bastard Boys brilliantly recreates the events surrounding the waterfront dispute, where company Patrick Stevedores tried to sack all of their unionised workers and replace them with non-union staff. To find out what else happens, watch the program.

The miniseries uses recreations of real people involved with the events, such as John Coombs (Colin Friels) and Chris Corrigan (Geoff Morrell), as well as fictional characters such as the Tullys (Dan Wyllie and Jack Thomson).

Bastard Boys does an excellent job of combining the vital legal proceedings with the human side - particularly the wharfies. All the acting is outstanding, although special mention should go to Geoff Morrell, who had the challenging job of bringing Patrick boss Chris Corrigan to the screen and making him human, believable and not simply a two-dimensional bad guy.

There were a few problems with the script - Chris Corrigan's brother appeared out of nowhere, while Greg Combet was strangely underused towards the end. Other than that, an outstanding miniseries - not near the brilliance that was Answered By Fire, but outstanding all the same.

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