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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




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 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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Did You Know?


The Barmy Army is a name given to a group of cricket fans that follow the English team when it tours Australia. It is renowned for its enthusiastic support of the team during matches. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Like the cat and ashes premise, but too predictable and hostile
25 January 2016 | by hardyhaha-91070See all my reviews

The premise got me in, and then having started to watch it and read these reviews, I stuck with it and except for the the final seconds of the last scene and effectiveness of the credits in identifying the actors (should be obligatory for animated movies!!) I have to agree with the panning of this movie.

Hostile to some and so predictable. As Rossini may have once said of Wagner -wonderful moments, dreadful half hours - and I think there may have been three moments.

And yes, this too is my first review - similarly moved as another reviewer. That said, at $285 000, how poor is the standard hourly rate for acting?

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17 November 2013 (Australia) See more »


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AUD300,000 (estimated)

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