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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.


Sarah Spillane


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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


"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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A story of love, revenge, and triumph, an Aboriginal Boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family. See more »




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26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Redor do Bloco See more »

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


[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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Written by Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, D Phillop and J Fox
Performed by Half Moon Run
© Source Music Pty Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Source Music Pty Ltd o/b/o Indico Records Australia
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A contemporary Hamlet, perchance?
4 August 2014 | by bowlingforpeopleSee all my reviews

I'll admit I downloaded this based on the fact that Christina Ricci was the lead in it. To my surprise, it was the acting of the supporting cast that really led the way here. It is a very different character for Ricci, who has been sort of typecast as an oddball since her early Addams Family days. As a viewer, you are immediately taken in by the boy Liam who has secured the role of Hamlet in the school play. If you are a Shakespeare buff like I am, you will love the Hamlet plot lines and dynamics running throughout the film. You can see hints of that from the trailer but I didn't know just how central to the story Hamlet would be until I saw it for myself. It's a modern twist on an age-old tale, and with that, Around The Block is able to bring something new to the table.

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