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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2007 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD1,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,834
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Company Credits

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3 Scallywags See more »
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Color
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Goofs

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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Short Note
Written by Mark Moffatt (as M. Moffatt)
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Fantastic Movie !
25 June 2007 | by fec1See all my reviews

Just saw Final Winter at the Sydney Film Festival and could not believe how good it is . The re-creation of the game was very effective.It was like sitting on the side lines of a first grade game. The real impact and violence is sanitized by television but by clever technique the director/cinematographer ? have captured the bone jarring impact ! I could hardly bare to watch. A good test of the quality of any movie is when you've totally forgotten that you're watching a bunch of actors such is the reality of their performance. I've always been suspicious of these actors who spend years 'studying their craft ' and still act like wooden Indians.I think they're called NIDA graduates ? I think you've just got it or you haven't. These guys/girls did well. The movie flew past.It was exciting,interesting and emotive and I will be recommending it to my friends and family.Can't wait to see it again !Congratulations to cast and crew.Thank You.


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