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Australian Rules (2002)

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Goldman

Writers:

Paul Goldman (screenplay), Phillip Gwynne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Phillips ... Gary 'Blacky' Black
Luke Carroll Luke Carroll ... Dumby Red
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ... Clarence
Tom Budge ... Pickles
Simon Westaway ... Bob Black
Celia Ireland ... Liz Black
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ... Arks
Martin Vaughan ... Darcy
Tony Briggs ... Pretty
Brian Torry Brian Torry ... Glenn Bright
Max Fairchild ... Big Mac
Eileen Darley Eileen Darley ... Shirl
Paul Simpson Paul Simpson ... Bar Regular
Denis Noble Denis Noble ... Bar Regular
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Tommy Red
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Storyline

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the underlying racism and class warfare threatens to make the team's greatest victories irrelevant. This holds particularly true for Blacky, a white teen who is more interested in books than sport, and his best friend, Dumby, the Aboriginal star of the team.

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Based on the award-winning novel Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Afstralezikoi kanones See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,748
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Director Paul Goldman's 'Director's Statement' for the film reads: "Australian Rules tells the story of a young white boy growing up in a small coastal town in Australia. It's about all the kinds of courage it takes to grow up in a country that still refuses to. It's about taking a stand, about the responsibilities of manhood and nationhood. It's about relationships: between fathers and sons, mothers and sons, husbands and wives, blackfellas and whitefellas. It's also about the courage it takes to love. I wanted to make a film that talked back to this big, secret country that we live in." See more »

Goofs

It is unclear whether the film has the same 1970s setting as the novel 'Deadly Unna?' upon which it is based. The three boys ride 70s style bikes but Teamman wears a World Cup 94 shirt, there is a newspaper featuring Pauline Hanson and there is a mention of Kylie Minogue who didn't become famous until the 80s. See more »

Quotes

Gary 'Blacky' Black: Old man's Fruit and Nut?
Liz Black: Old man's Fruit and f***ing nut
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Connections

Featured in Australian Rules: Outtakes (2003) See more »

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A profoundly sad movie
11 October 2017 | by jackcwelch23See all my reviews

I remember very clearly watching this movie as a kid in my lounge room and feeling a sadness I had never felt before. Maybe it was being in a close family then witnessing another family that is torn apart due to things I couldn't even understand yet. Racism, domestic violence, alcoholism, and simple stupidity and ignorance.

I remember feeling so bad that blacky could do little bout the events that unfold, the people and attitudes he has to deal with, and the painful sadness of being a big hearted person surrounded by people who don't understand him, and the ones who do also being victims of the lives they live.

This is a good movie, but it's not an easy watch. Tt has a truth and a straightforward nature you really only see in indies rather than the big budget movies. We also have a talent in Australia to make films that don't just have a set of convenient events that lead to a happier conclusion. It's simply life, in all its messiness and ugliness. I guess like blacky you just have to find the happiness any way you can.


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