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Swinging Safari (2018)

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A teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970s when a 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.


Stephan Elliott


Stephan Elliott
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Keith Hall
Kylie Minogue ... Kaye Hall
Radha Mitchell ... Jo Jones
Julian McMahon ... Rick Jones
Asher Keddie ... Gale Marsh
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Bob Marsh
Atticus Robb ... Jeff Marsh / Bob and Gale's son
Darcey Wilson Darcey Wilson ... Melly
Jack Thompson ... Mayor
Oscar Bailey ... Young Jeff Marsh / Bob and Gale's son
Hunter Stratton Boland ... Kid #1
Scott Arderne Scott Arderne ... Kid #2
Travis Corbett Travis Corbett ... Kid #3
Oliver Bailey Oliver Bailey ... School Kid
Orlando Bailey Orlando Bailey ... Beach Kid


Australia, 1975. The beach suburb of Nobbys Beach is a place that revolves around surf mats, baby oil, boxed wine and the new miracle of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 14 year-old Jeff tries to find his feet in a world changing faster than his hormones, and deal with his crush on shy and sensitive girl-next-door Melly. When the beach town suddenly hits the spotlight after the body of a 200-ton whale is washed ashore, Jeff and Melly think it's the biggest thing that ever happened in their lives. Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution that has also washed up on Australia's beaches. And just like the decaying whale, it's all about to go spectacularly wrong.

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A comedy about the moments we never forget, but wish we could. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 January 2018 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Flammable Children See more »

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Did You Know?


Julian McMahon is the son of the former Australian Prime Minister, Sir William McMahon. See more »


References Deathcheaters (1976) See more »


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Written by Harold Stott and Giuseppe Cassia
Performed by Kylie Minogue
Produced by Marius De Vries and Stephan Elliott
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21 January 2018 | by perfectbalance-00272See all my reviews

Truly if you want to see a funny, over-the-top, cleverly irreverent film - this isn't it. In the cinema I was in not a single person laughed at any point in this film. That should tell you something.

By the time they are making a piss-joke (for the third time) that you could see coming from a mile off, my partner and I were done with this film. It lacks any coherent plot, the characters are largely unsympathetic, and the irreverence that it's aiming for is to stupid and self-conscious to work.

Grossness just isn't particularly funny or clever the way poo-jokes cease to be funny beyond three years of age.

Making politically incorrect and homophobic jokes just isn't particularly clever or funny any more. But I could have forgiven that if this movie had any sense of purpose. It doesn't. The ending is nonsensical. I couldn't wait for it to finish.

Worst Australian film I've ever seen. Definitely up for the worst film of the year. Hard to imagine anyone could make a worse film than this.

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