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A rugby league player in the early 1980's battles against the changing game and the betrayal of those he has been loyal to. Alienated and desperate, he struggles to keep an identity he fears he'll be lost without.

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Matt Nable (as Matthew Nable)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Nable ... Grub
Nathaniel Dean ... Trent
Matthew Johns Matthew Johns ... Jack
John Jarratt ... Colgate
Raelee Hill ... Emma
Conrad Coleby ... Billy
Michelle Langstone ... Mia
Kate Mulvany ... Kate
Brad Johns Brad Johns ... Thommo
Scott Lowe Scott Lowe ... Muddy
Bob Baines ... Neddy
Jessica Turner Jessica Turner ... Receptionist
Katie Nazer-Hennings Katie Nazer-Hennings ... Rebecca (as Katie Nazar Hennings)
Tiarnie Coupland ... Jessica
Anthony Coffey Anthony Coffey ... Dunford
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As the winds of change sweep across the rugby league landscape, Grub Henderson (Matt Nable) defiantly stands among all others as the embodiment of those before him. Foreign codes of business are tearing at the fabric of loyalty that exists between Grub's club and family. He collides head-on with an administration eager to bury him, and battles against his brother and coach's betrayal. At home his wife is troubled by the transformation of the man she married, and his children are left wanting for their father. In a bid to cling to his self-worth, Grub bitterly swallows his pride and bargains for his future. As the game that provides him an identity crumbles, he finds acceptance in the man he could be. The cast features Matt Nable, Matthew Johns, Nathaniel Dean ('Candy', 'Walking on Water'), John Jarratt ('Wolf Creek'), Raelee Hill, Michelle Langstone, Conrad Coleby and Kate Mulvany. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2007 (Australia) See more »

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AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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3 Scallywags See more »
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Color
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When Grub is driving to work on Monday, in the background you can see a sign displaying a business phone number with eight digits. All phone numbers in the Sydney metropolitan area in the 1980s only had seven digits. (On 29 July 1996, a 9 was added to the beginning of all Sydney phone numbers.) See more »

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Written by Bloxom, Grigg, Welley and Vasicek
Performed by Spy vs Spy
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A diamond in the rough
9 September 2007 | by onamissionSee all my reviews

With great expectations I bought my ticket for this last Friday, and while it wasn't rugby league's answer to The Club in the manner I'd been hoping for, the rewards in quality of characterisation and the film's theme of corporate power eroding the bonds of community and family and the examination of what it means to be a man more than make up for it. A quality debut performance from Matt Nable ably supported by Raelee Hill as the wife holding Grub's family together lead the way, with good support from Nathaniel Dean as the heir apparent to the old lion's crown. Matt Johns rises to a level well beyond the Footy Show's ouevre, the pillow fitted unnecessarily under his shirt with the aim of giving him the beer-stained look of coaches of yore notwithstanding. There's a few vague references to ethereal concepts of "the game" that don't quite sit true and the cry for the loss of league's golden era doesn't blend fully with the other elements of the story; John Jarratt's corporate figure intent on bringing the old footballer's era to an end is an almost comedic caricature, but the scenes bringing Nable's Grub and his brother Billy, whose star is in the ascendant with the Winfield Cup and associated riches just around the corner, together in conflict acquit Nable's writing well. I couldn't go further without mentioning Kate Mulvaney's gems of support as Kate, doling out advice over the bar as the mother some of these lonely boys never had. As with so many sports movies the theme is loss, introspection and redemption, but its qualities are best appreciated from a human point of view with sport as a background and conduit for the story. A high quality debut effort, with a soundtrack of summery Aussie nostalgia and cameos from a selection of familiar players and coaches of yesteryear when smoking on the reserves bench and beers after training were part of the fabric of Australian sporting life certain to bring a smile.


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