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The Merger (2018)

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Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters.


Mark Grentell


Damian Callinan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Callinan ... Troy Carrington
Kate Mulvany ... Angie Barlow
John Howard ... Bull Barlow
Fayssal Bazzi ... Sayyid
Rafferty Grierson ... Neil Barlow
Josh McConville ... Snapper
Nick Cody ... Goober
Penny Cook ... Fran Barlow
Angus McLaren ... Carpet Burn
Sahil Saluja Sahil Saluja ... Suresh
Harry Tseng Harry Tseng ... Tou Pou
Ben Knight ... Harpo
Stephen Hunter ... Neville
Aaron Gocs Aaron Gocs ... Porterhouse
Zenia Starr ... Navina


Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters.

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Release Date:

30 August 2018 (Australia) See more »

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The Third time John Howard has starred in an Afl Themed movie\film , he started his career in the praised breakthrough role in The Club about an up and coming AFL\VFL player. See more »

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Soft, softly as the film explores its nuances.
24 September 2018 | by timjohnson-10201See all my reviews

I think Australian movies are brilliant and Merger is a beautiful case in point! Of course you can tell the ending after the first mouthfuls of popcorn, and of course, the same commentators will delight in telling all possible viewers that the film is simplistic and quickly drawn. However, there are dummies like me who are not put off by simplicity and who actually enjoy these movies because the strength of the movie lies in how deft the script is: how deftly the pieces full knowing what they are and where they fit together.

It is so easy to take it out on a film that in no way requires the audience to look ahead and to be clouded in unknowing until the final minutes of the film. Instead, we are softly floated along knowing what will be happening, and our only mental questions involve how the script and the actors will carry it off. And in the case of the Merger, all concerned with the production carry it off brilliantly.

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