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Lucky Miles (Michael James Rowland, 2007) Kenneth Moraleda, Rodney Afif, Sri Sacdpraseuth, Don Hany, Sean Mununggurr; Australian release 19 July 2007; illegal immigrants landed on remote WA coast by Indonesian people smugglers
The best Boat People film, it also has fun with its Australian characters.
Zig-zagging between the comedic and dramatic, Lucky Miles is a patchwork quilt made of fact-based stories embellished by the imagination of the filmmakers, and it plays so successfully it was voted Best Feature at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards. Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile.
...mostly it’s a wonderful lark and highly original take on being lost in Australia. It’s not animals the characters need to worry about but the sheer size of the land and the existence of policy that doomed them well before they arrived. A tragic undertone lingers close to the surface but Rowland understands he doesn’t need to draw attention to it: it’s there, contextualising everything, but never getting in the way of the comedy. The Guardian.
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