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Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey. Joe and Dazey form a friendship based on a mutual interest ... See full summary »

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Geoffrey Wright

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aden Young ... Joe
Tara Morice ... Savina
Nadine Garner ... Roslyn
Ben Mendelsohn ... Dazey
Chantal Contouri ... Savina's Mother
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Pop
Arthur Angel ... Paul Secchi
Richard Sutherland ... Rosco
Anita Smith Anita Smith ... Lisa (as Anita Cerdic)
Tommy Dysart ... Mr Graham
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ... Dazey's Father
Nicholas Politis Nicholas Politis ... Paul Secchi's Boy (as Nicholas Polites)
Felix Biviano Felix Biviano ... Paul Secchi's Boy
Ed McShortall Ed McShortall ... Ted (as Eddy McShortall)
Peter Houghton Peter Houghton ... Thomas
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Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey. Joe and Dazey form a friendship based on a mutual interest in old hot cars. Joe also forms a relationship with a Satanic fellow employee. The nihilism of these young characters, coupled with parental disputes, leads to various tragedies. Written by Russell Graeber <russell_graeber@dpa.act.gov.au>

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Everything is about to go totally out of control

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1995 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Juventud frenetica See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Insanity runs rampant amongst disenfranchised youth in director Wright's film.
7 March 1999 | by MiyuSee all my reviews

As an admirer of Wright's earlier work "Romper Stomper" (certainly not ideologically, just as an interesting film), I must say that I enjoyed this film just as much, even though it is equally disturbing.

The story concerns a group of people in their early twenties. Joe, who lives with his insane father, gets a job at a wholesale warehouse where he meets Dazey, the local Don Juan, and Savina, a Satan-worshipping shoplifter. Joe, Savina, Dazey and Rosalyn, Dazey's girlfriend, are inextricably bound in a tangle of love, lust, insanity, death, and hot rodding.

This film is of a largely unexplored genre; "teen movies" about love-sick young stars just don't work anymore, and Wright reminds us of that fact with gritty characters and realistic dialogue. Very few directors are willing to go to the lengths that he does, refusing to tell a story that involves conventional moralities and cardboard characters, nor does he balk at portraying the violence perpetrated by these unhappy youths in their quest for identity and meaning. Not for the morally squeamish, but definitely worth watching.


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