Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on Tour | The Merger

  • 26th Feb
  • 20:00
  • €8
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
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Tuesday 26th February

 

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival  in association with access>CINEMA and with the support of the Arts Council and the Australian Embassy

DIR: Mark Grentell
Australia | 2018 | Cert 15

The township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: the population is dwindling, jobs are scarce & the litter has built up around the fading Tidy Town sign. The next victim of the town’s decline is the cash strapped Aussie Rules footy club.

Barely able to field a team, the club is reeling from news that their clubrooms have been condemned due to asbestos contamination. A left field solution to their woes comes in the form of former football star Troy Carrington [Damian Callinan] Having fallen out with the community over leading protests that led to the closure of the local timber mill, Troy is living a hermit like existence on the towns fringe. However, he is coaxed into coaching after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil [Rafferty Grierson] who is struggling with the recent loss of his father. Teaming up with Neil's mum Angie [Kate Mulvany], who is running a nearby refugee support centre, they conspire to recruit refugees to save the team.

This crowd-pleasing and feel-good Australian comedy also contains some great commentary on sport, mateship and masculinity. And most importantly, it’s very funnyThomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy

Two nominations, AACTA Awards 2018