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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




Credited cast:
Ian Bliss ... Drew Hobbs
Jacqueline Brennan ... Vicky (as Jacquie Brennan)
Shane Connor ... Joe Ruddock
Jared Daperis ... Tony Hobbs
Rhiannon Fish ... Laura
Damon Hunter 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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30 August 2008 | by melissa-ward824See all my reviews

This film is riveting - a gem i uncovered at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Beautifully shot with very honest and engaging acting. I also thought the score was excellent and really added to the films atmosphere. But in the end i just really enjoyed the story - truly excellent. I hope it gets a theatrical release; it is Australian poetry at its cinematic best.

The main character, Tony Hobbs, is brilliantly played by Jared Daperis. I cared about this young boy and his dream, which is amazing and a credit to the film, because i hate football(all codes). But this isn't a sports film, even though it has sporting themes. It is a film about relationships and they are very convincing. The story is very simple but dramatic and it shows that there is a real meaning to life and i liked that this was addressed indirectly.

There was a man sitting near me, i'd say in his fifties, who was unashamedly crying in the most moving moments of the film. He and his female acquaintance stayed in their seats, reflective, at the end of the film. I asked them what they thought and the man said,"The best Australian film I've ever seen."

I have to agree

Melissa Ward

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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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