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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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Sarah Spillane

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Sarah Spillane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hunter Page-Lochard ... Liam
Christina Ricci ... Dino Chalmers
Aaron L. McGrath ... Joseph (as Aaron McGrath)
Elias Reese Elias Reese ... Toby
Ursula Yovich ... Chrissie
Mark Coles Smith ... Steve
Shai Pittman Shai Pittman ... Tamika
Daniel Henshall ... Simon
Anthony Gee Anthony Gee ... Tim
Sam Lyndon Sam Lyndon ... Brucey
Guy Simon Guy Simon ... Jacob
Braydn Pittman Braydn Pittman ... Jason (as Braden Pittman)
Nicholas Cassim ... Sergeant Todd
Amanda Wiltshire Amanda Wiltshire ... Officer Blythe
Jack Thompson ... 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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We don't choose to be born, but we can choose to be free See more »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English

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26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Kick Pictures,Tree See more »
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Film debut for Ruby Rose. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Truth Be Told
Written by A Gauchan and N Bryant-Smith
Performed by Horrorshow
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Licensed Courtesy of Elefant Traks Pts Ltd
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I expected nothing but was blown away
8 January 2015 | by ObjectivitySee all my reviews

Make no mistake - anyone who gives less than 6 to this film is prejudiced, whether they know it or not, or they are white Australians who do not want to accept that there other "Australias" within Australia.

If you watch this film with nothing other than curiosity as to where it will take you, you cannot help but be blown away by the simple power of this film.

Kudos to the screenplay, kudos to the director, kudos to the obvious off-the-cuff but first class acting, particularly in the prison scenes and the first rehearsal, and kudos for putting it all together as if you are watching Life rather than a film.

It is a film with so many stories : Liam's of course, but, also, his mother's story, his teacher's story (Christina Ricci), his brother's story, his school's story, the gubba teacher's story, his brother's story, and last but not least, his father's story. All of these stories grab you by the throat but you have to not be prejudiced to "see" all those stories.

A brilliant film.


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