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Prime Mover (2009)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 June 2009 (Australia)
A long haul truckie who finds that the reality of his existence is far removed from his youthful dreams of owning and driving his own prime mover.


David Caesar


David Caesar




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dorman ... Thomas
Emily Barclay ... Melissa / Calendar Girl
Ben Mendelsohn ... Johnnie
William McInnes ... Phil
Anthony Hayes ... Businessman / Salesman / Foreman / Mechanic
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Thomas' Dad / St Christopher
Lynette Curran ... Mrs Boyd
Gyton Grantley ... Repo Man 1
Anni Finsterer ... Thomas' Mum
Jeanette Cronin ... Melissa's Mum
Brian Meegan ... Melissa's Dad
Scott McLean ... Repo Man 2 'Jimmy'
Tracey Ingram-Hockey Tracey Ingram-Hockey ... Barmaid
Ken Smith Ken Smith ... Little Bloke
Tracy Lake Tracy Lake ... Bus Depot Woman


A long haul truckie who finds that the reality of his existence is far removed from his youthful dreams of owning and driving his own prime mover.

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Life can be hard as a truckie.


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


David Caesar spent more than a decade trying to get Prime Mover produced. When he first wrote the screenplay, he wrote it with Ben Mendelsohn in mind as the lead. By the time he secured funding Mendelsohn had aged out of the role and Caesar built up the role of Johnnie specifically for Mendelsohn. See more »


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Written by Rick Brewster (as Brewster-Jones) / John Brewster (as Brewster-Jones) / Doc Neeson (as Neeson)
Published by J Albert & Son Pty Ltd
Performed by Michael Dorman, Emily Barclay & Andrew S. Gilbert
(P) Prime Mover Productions Pty Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Albert Music
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Romance, drama, comedy done with plenty of heart
7 October 2009 | by sharkies69See all my reviews

David Caeser mixes a nice blend here, set around the outback world of long haul trucking. Some really heartfelt moments are mixed with a sweet romance that holds the film together. Caesar doesn't shy away from the dark elements of the trucking industry either or the difficulties that the long haul lifestyle brings. Lots of drugs and shady characters and deals abound.

Strong performances from the cast all round and witty dialog keep this moving along nicely.

The only thing that made me sad at the end of this as I walked home was that this will be yet another well made and entertaining Aussie flick that the majority of Australians will ignore. I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it. This film and other Aussie flicks this year all deserve a better fate.

Well done David, look forward to your next film.

My uncle, a truckie who died on the infamous Putty Rd, would have loved this. I remember riding with him to Tamworth when I was a kid and the stories he'd tell.

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Release Date:

8 June 2009 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office


AUD5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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