Australian Rules

Australian Rules (Paul Goldman, 2002) wr. Phillip Gwynne (novel Deadly, Unna?), Paul Goldman, dp Mandy Walker; Nathan Phillips, Lisa Flanagan, Simon Westaway, Luke Carroll, Kevin Harrington, Martin Vaughan, Liz Black, 98 min., national release 29 August; Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source AFI Awards 7 November 2002

Another take on non/Indigenous cultural collision, this offers (tho only superficially) the possibility of conciliation.

... while the film’s sensibility is clearly anti-racist, the subtleties in scripting and editing lift it above posturing, laboured if enlightened politics. Faultless performances from all and unsentimental direction give the film a raw edge that makes this a Bloody Mary cocktail of sweet comedy and fiery drama ... Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile.

References

Daly, Anna 2003, 'The Rules of being Australian', Senses of Cinema, 25.

Davidson, Francesca 2007, 'Into the ring: September', Metro, 155: 10–13.

Gwynne, Phillip 1998, Deadly, Unna? Penguin.

Marsh, Pauline 2013, 'Picturing a Golden Age: September and Australian Rules', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 5, Summer.


Garry Gillard | New: 8 November, 2012 | Now: 25 January, 2017