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Playing for Charlie (2008)

Explores the delicate relationship between a young mother and her teenage son after the recent death of his father.


Pene Patrick


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Credited cast:
Jacqueline Brennan ... Vicky
Shane Connor ... Joe Ruddock
Jared Daperis ... Tony Hobbs
Rhiannon Fish ... Laura
Damon Hunter ... News Reporter
Jodie Rimmer ... Paula Hobbs
Richard Sutherland ... Coach Brady
Mark Leonard Winter ... Scarf


Explores the delicate relationship between a young mother and her teenage son after the recent death of his father.

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A story of courage and heart with a unique hero at its center See more »





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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Queen Ant Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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I loved this film
29 August 2008 | by terryunitSee all my reviews

I loved this film. The cinematography, the realism and the hope. Jared Daperis in the lead role as Tony Hobbs is fantastic. The acting generally and the casting is great. At last an Australian film that doesn't show us as clichés and stereo-types and treats struggling, working class people with dignity.

Scarf's great AFL kick was an hilarious moment and the sight of Tony Hobbs carrying a disposable nappy in his mouth is a great moment, the look on his face after he sees the gorgeous girl though is even greater.

The scene where the half-brothers venture into the eccentric world of 'Elsie', Scarf's landlady is pure Fellilni.

I saw this film at the Sydney Film Festival and from the comments overheard as the audience left the cinema , comments such as 'brilliant', 'wonderful', 'emotional' I think this could actually be the next great Australian film. It didn't surprise when I heard Dale and Simon say exactly that on their Radio 2UE movie review program on the Sunday night after the screening.

I hate football, all codes. This is not a sports film. This is a relationship film. A film about a boy who has to grow up very quickly and think of a way to pull his family through pretty bleak times and I found it very uplifting.

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