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Backyard Ashes (2013)

Dougie Waters loves nothing more than a weekend barbie and cricket match with his mates. But his paradise on earth is destroyed when his best mate and neighbour Norm is forced to leave town... See full summary »


Mark Grentell


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Dougie Waters
Rebecca Massey ... Lilly Waters
Maddison Smith-Catlin Maddison Smith-Catlin ... Kerrie Waters
Jake Speer Jake Speer ... Glen 'Pigeon' Waters
Felix Williamson ... Edward Lords
Norah George ... Grace Lords
Stephen Holt Stephen Holt ... Norm
Genelle Mullins Genelle Mullins ... Denise
John Wood ... Merv
Damian Callinan ... Spock
Waseem Khan ... Bin
Shingo Usami ... Taka
Jamie Way Jamie Way ... Shep
Zenia Starr ... Nehru
Lex Marinos Lex Marinos ... Mac


Dougie Waters loves nothing more than a weekend barbie and cricket match with his mates. But his paradise on earth is destroyed when his best mate and neighbour Norm is forced to leave town and their new boss, a pompous English administrator called Edward Lords, moves in. The animosity between the two men peaks during one fateful backyard cricket match when Dougie hits a ball that accidentally stuns Edward's prize winning cat, Dexter. The cat falls into the roaring BBQ and is instantly incinerated, leaving only ashes. Dougie's son captures footage of the unfortunate event on camera and it is uploaded onto YouTube where the video instantly goes viral! The idea of a backyard cricketing challenge is hatched, with the winner keeping the ashes of Edward's deceased cat, Dexter. The two teams battle it out in the greatest game of backyard cricket ever for the Backyard Ashes. Written by Mark Grentell & Peter Cox

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Release Date:

17 November 2013 (Australia) See more »


Box Office


AUD 300,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dougie's dog is named MacDougall, after a bush ballad, "How McDougall Topped the Score", by Thomas E. Spencer. The poem is about a batsman (M'Dougall) uses his dog to steal the ball at a cricket match so his team can score enough runs to win. See more »


Edward commentates to himself before bowling the first ball of the backyard Cricket match on Boxing day (December 26th) that there's perfect conditions at the 'Gabba. Brisbane usually has its test match a few weeks prior to Christmas. See more »


Edward Lords: And no matter what a mate may do, a mate can do no wrong
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The initial credits show cartoon images of the main characters, before reverting to a more usual scrolling list. See more »


References The Castle (1997) See more »


Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy
Written by Billy Thorpe (as Billy Thorp)
Performed by Steve Balbi
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Plenty of laughs with solid runs on the board.
21 December 2013 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This very funny backyard movie is a revelation in home grown film making. A National past time in Australia is Backyard Cricket. Also, Internationally each year teams play in huge stadiums and it is all televised daily across Summer. For anyone who does not know Cricket, especially in the USA, this film won't play well. But for British and probably Indian / Pakistani families, this film will be a scream Here is a film that combines working class comedy and family with sharp satire and a lot of Aussie suburban sports slang most successfully. Imagine THE FULL MONTY mixed with THE CASTLE and KENNY and played in a backyard during a game of Neighbour/Employer cricket. I personally do not like cricket and could not care less about it on TV and in matches that go for days. However, this hilarious 85 minute micro movie transcends all barriers just by being funny and good natured. A strong silly script, ripe performances and sunny satire, nice kids and surprising digital sharp picture and sound, BACKYARD ASHES is a school holiday movie delight and easy to have the family laughing out loud. A big hit in regional cinemas, suburban audiences will also lap it up if given the chance.

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