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All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a misunderstanding quickly becomes out of control, resulting Wally, Beryl and her child being trapped in their house, surrounded by armed police under the impression that Wally is holding everyone hostage. Events quickly spiral into a media circus as, through the siege, Wally - inadvertently - manages to become a symbol for the anti-war movement.Written by
A highly fictionalized account of the actual events. For a start the actual siege was in winter in New South Wales, not summer in Queensland as filmed. Glenfield in 1968 was not a deserted dusty piece of industrial outback wasteland but a suburb of low rent fibros, side by side.
And there was no Hollywood style ending for the career criminal Mellish. He was not accepted by the Army but instead he was interned for a term in a psychiatric hospital. Soon after release he was jailed for 3 years for demanding money with menaces.
Beryl Muddle divorced him immediately and Mellish never saw her again.
So much for "this is a true story".
Talk about making a celluloid hero out of a total loser.
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