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Around the Block (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 April 2014 (USA)
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An Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.

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... Liam
... Dino Chalmers
... Joseph (as Aaron McGrath)
Elias Reese ... Toby
... Chrissie
... Steve
Shai Pittman ... Tamika
... Simon
Anthony Gee ... Tim
Sam Lyndon ... Brucey
Guy Simon ... Jacob
Braydn Pittman ... Jason (as Braden Pittman)
... Sergeant Todd
Amanda Wiltshire ... Officer Blythe
... Bill O'Donnell
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"AROUND THE BLOCK" is about breaking family and cultural cycles for a hopeful future. A contemporary story of love, revenge, and triumph, an Aboriginal boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family. Meanwhile his high school drama teacher must practice what she teaches if she is to succeed in her personal and professional life. Written by Anonymous

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Dino Chalmers: [narrating] A philosopher once said, one is not born a woman, but chooses to become one. I've wondered if it was the same with freedom.
Dino Chalmers: [filming people on the street] Is anyone really free?
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Written by Nick Lupi, J Boserio, A Gauchan
Performed by Spit Syndicate
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Hamlet meets Hip Hop in Australian Setting
4 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

The film depicts life down under in Spillane's birth city of Sydney. She focuses on a white American teacher, played by Christina Ricci whose character of Dino Chalmers is trying to make a difference in the inner-city suburb of Redfern. She gets a class of Aboriginal teenagers to perform Shakespeare's Hamlet with her lead being Liam Wood, a 16-year-old Aborigine who has a talent for dancing and acting. Unfortunately, his future is threatened when he gets in trouble with the law and police.

Spillane was herself a teacher in Redfern from 2001 to 2005 at an Aboriginal arts college where she instructed students of all ages, including teenagers. She wrote the screenplay in 2004 after learning about a real-life Aboriginal teen who also got into trouble with the law and police.

Spillane's film has this racial tension rippling in the background, or on the side. Her aim is more to take a step back and not focus on the specific incident, but rather examine the neighborhood and show the situation, which led to the racial tensions, or the needless death, much in the same way Spike Lee did in 'Do the Right Thing' (1989).


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