Double feature: The Club + The Fringe Dwellers
Two classic films by Australian director Bruce Beresford.
The Club - 4.00pm; 1980, M, 96 mins
A behind-the-scenes look at the struggle between two factions of an Australian Rules football club in Melbourne, drawn from David Williamson’s hit stage play. With Jack Thompson, John Howard and Graham Kennedy.
'Given how popular and vibrant the culture of Aussie rules football, now known as AFL, is in Australia, surprisingly few feature films have been made based on and around the sport. Among the earliest – and undoubtedly still the best – is director Bruce Beresford’s 1980 adaptation of one of David Williamson’s most popular plays … Splashed with enormously entertaining dialogue, the shouty nature of The Club – all those clashing personalities and feuding egos – makes it an oddly distinguished sports movie.' – The Guardian
The Fringe Dwellers - 6.00pm; 1986, PG, 98 mins
The story of an Aboriginal family that tries to move from the fringes of town to the wealthy white suburbs. Adapted from the novel by Nene Gare, the film played in competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
'The film displays the kind of bare-boned intelligence that amounts to respect towards its characters. It never slops over into special pleading. From first to last, the movie maintains an unexpected reserve. This is the result as much of Mr Beresford's disciplined handling of the actors and of the material, as of the economical screenplay, adapted by the director and his wife, Rhoisin Beresford, from a novel by Nene Gare.' – The New York Times
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