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The Tender Hook (2008)

The story is about Iris' rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.

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Jonathan Ogilvie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... Iris
Tyler Coppin ... Donnie
John Batchelor ... Ronnie
Hugo Weaving ... McHeath
Matthew Le Nevez ... Art Walker (as Matt Le Nevez)
Andrew Nolte Andrew Nolte ... The Subjects Trumpet
Daniel Potts Daniel Potts ... The Subjects Bass
Chris Wood Chris Wood ... The Subjects Banjo
Braydon Chlow Braydon Chlow ... The Subjects Drummer
John Lakos John Lakos ... Art's Corner Man
Brendan Guerin Brendan Guerin ... Mike Flynn
Graham Murray Graham Murray ... Referee #1
Pia Miranda Pia Miranda ... Daisy
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Hackett
Bob Murdoch Bob Murdoch ... Roy
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The story is about Iris' rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.

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Love is a prize and the winner takes all.


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Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity, drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boxer and the Bombshell See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

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$40,390
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This was Daniel Potts first foray in the movie industry. See more »

Connections

References The Ring (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of a Thin Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Hugo Weaving
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understated small story with top end production
31 May 2009 | by Rob-O-CopSee all my reviews

Ogilvie's big movie shows his exceptional craft in film making. The visuals alone are stunning, combined with top end editing, sets, and sound. The support players were almost better than the stars. the movie is flawed in other areas, a couple of slightly off performances noticeably from Hugo Weaving (what accent was he going for?) and Nevez (unconvinced of why we should care about him), and the story was so low key "small time crooks" that maybe the production values were just too good for it. Weaving was a little unconvincing as a tough guy although he could easily pull off scary. The violent scenes conflicted with him being a reasonably nice guy to his gf and taking sh!t from his underlings.

It's hard to know exactly why it didn't blow minds, but it certainly didn't blow. Some great lines and ideas going down in the script. Ogilvie shows class and control, craft and art, and I'd like to see where he goes next. Most definitely an art film rather than a big budget affair but with the look and feel it alludes to much more.


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