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Paper Champions (2020)

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Paper Champions is an uplifting comedy about Rey, a young man who wants to find love despite having lost his 'Mana'.


Jo-Anne Brechin


Luke Saliba, Michael McCallum (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Gary Sweet ... Terry
John Tui ... Wade
Jessica Redmayne ... Vanessa
Don Bridges ... Joe
Tessa de Josselin ... Holly
David Fane ... Kenife
Genevieve Morris ... Linda
Kaarin Fairfax ... Morine
Alex Pinder ... Dr. Leachman
Luke Saliba ... Rey
Erin Saliba ... Steph (as Erin Scott)
Adam Fiorentino Adam Fiorentino ... Rico
Cecilia Low ... Ana
Anthony Ahern Anthony Ahern ... Trent
Tama Tauali'i Tama Tauali'i ... Matiu


Rey is a regular guy, working a regular job, living a regular life. After spending 10 years in a job he doesn't like, he realises all of his skills can be summed up in a pamphlet. A surge of inspiration causes Rey to quit, forcing him further outside his comfort zone than he's ever ventured before. Slowly, Rey's life begins to take shape, but not without the help of his old work colleague and best mate Wade; A big man, with an even bigger heart. After a backyard rugby incident involving Wade's cousins, Rey is rushed to the local clinic where he meets Holly. After an awkward conversation with Holly, the boys tell Rey he needs to find his Mana. (To have Mana implies influence, authority, and efficacy-the ability to perform in a given situation.) Rey sets out in search of his Mana with some help from his mum's new lover Terry. Being an ex-wrestler himself, Terry thinks he has the key to bringing Rey out of his shell. In the ropes of Terry's wrestling ring, Rey begins to find his Mana. ...

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Had me laughing all the way through!
8 August 2020 | by Andy-ExpansionMediaSee all my reviews

A very entertaining flick with plenty of 'laugh-out-loud' moments. It has an empathetic story with unique & colourful characters. The story moves along pretty quickly and is complemented by a dynamic yet unusual duo Rey (Luke Saliba) and Wade (John Tui) who both deliver a great performance. With soul-lifting, humorous moments throughout most scenes, I walked away from this film feeling refreshed which is a great response to a film. Simple, elegant yet captivating. Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

6 August 2020 (Australia) See more »

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia See more »


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AUD1,450,000 (estimated)

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