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The Merger

1h 43m Comedy, Drama, Sport, Australia, Australian 2018

Troy Carrington returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career, where he is coaxed into rescuing the local football team.

Bodgy Creek is a struggling town. The drought won’t let up, jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will have to either merge with another club or fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town’s fringe, former football star turned ‘Town Killer’ Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan), is coaxed into rescuing the team 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, The Great Gatsby), who runs a nearby refugee support centre, they unite to recruit the new arrivals to save the team and take the community on a journey of change. But for some, like Neil’s grandfather and Club President, Bull (fan-favourite, John Howard, SeaChange), and ‘star’ player Carpet Burn (Angus McLaren, Hotel Mumbai), it’s more change than they’re willing to take.


Damian Callinan (Troy Carrington) , Fayssal Bazzi (Sayyid) , John Howard (Bull Barlow) , Kate Mulvany (Angie Barlow) , Rafferty Grierson (Neil Barlow)


Mark Grentell


English, Arabic