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Australian Rules

1h 34m Drama, Romance, Sport, Australia, Australian 2002

In a remote town in Australia, the only thing that holds two communities, the Goonyas (Whites) and the Nungas (blacks), together is football.

Australian Rules is the story of 16-year-old Gary Black (Nathan Phillips, Wolf Creek), average football player, budding wordsmith and reluctant hero. Gary helps his local Australian Rules football team win the local championship by accident, but celebrations turn to violence when Gary’s indigenous best friend, Dumby Red (Luke Carroll, The Tender Hook) is denied the “Best and Fairest” medal because of the racism of local officials. In a night when the town’s racial tensions boil over, Dumby Red is shot and killed and Gary becomes entangled in a conflict with his fellow townspeople, including his father. Australian Rules is the story of the bravery of one young man in a town ready to explode.


Nathan Phillips (Gary 'Blacky' Black) , Luke Carroll (Dumby Red) , Lisa Flanagan (Clarence)


Paul Goldman



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