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The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell (2010)

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Credited cast:
William McInnes ... Gazza Snell
Robyn Malcolm ... Gail Snell
Josh McKenzie ... Marc Snell (as Joshua McKenzie)
Joel Tobeck ... Ron
Sarah Peirse ... Dr. Riebeeck
Melissa Xiao Melissa Xiao ... Jee
William V. McKenzie William V. McKenzie ... Ed Snell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mia Blake Mia Blake ... Nurse
Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Sharon
Mark Clare Mark Clare ... Paul
Joshua Clark Joshua Clark ... Sean
Mike Ginn
Letty Ho Letty Ho ... Mrs. Lin
Dylan Hopkins Dylan Hopkins ... Young Ed
John Landreth John Landreth ... Carl


The hopes and dreams of Gazza

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Written by Miriam Clancy and Mario Grigorov
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a tale about genuine faith
25 July 2010 | by db501See all my reviews

While many films around are trying to be big and fantastical (and there is nothing wrong with that), this film focuses on the importance of relationships, family and love, and the most important message of all – protect and love those closest to you.

While the film kicks off introducing a man that smothers his sons with expectation and who has a seemingly endless reserve of optimism, we quickly begin to see ordinary lives come apart at the seems.

William McInnes plays the title role of Gazza Snell, and is certainly scruffier than the average leading man, but tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the across-the-board terrific performances show an unexpectedly sharp look at the survival instincts of a working-class family.

Robyn Malcolm performance is wonderful and unexpected as the long- suffering wife whose often panicked face shows you what a dreamer without a dream looks like.

The elder son's performance is something to be noted, and the part of the film I enjoyed most was the relationship he forms with a local Chinese girl. This relationship added a whole other element to the film and shows that there is something beautiful about a relationship that has its beginning at the crossroads of hope and despair

Though this story of Gazza, tucked behind the wheel while the rest of the family pushes, might seem like an unlikely vehicle for transformation this film really is a touching human drama, a tale about genuine faith, and one that gripped me to the very end.

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11 July 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

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Howick, Auckland, New Zealand


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