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Erskineville Kings
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by Eman

"More than just men beating their own chests!"
4 stars

Australian films seem to be going through a surge of neo-realism suburban style. THE BOYS, HEAD ON, PRAISE and now ERSKINEVILLE KINGS. How wonderful it is to see Australian filmmakers looking into their own backyard souls!

The story premise is a simple one. Barky returns to inner-city home from the bush. His journey is made to attend the funeral of his brutal father. Not only does Barky have the past to deal with but his angry brother, Wace. Together they slug it out, bringing up old demons in hope of organising some sort of stability in life. It is the confrontations that bring you on edge with the surprising powerhouse performance from Hugh Jackman as Wace. Marty Denniss brings sincerity to the character of Barky, a man with a painful past and it's the quietness that draws you to him, waiting for those emotions to explode. The direction heightens the unfolding of the story by simply telling the tale with strong images on inner-suburb Sydney as the main focal point to the show down.

A strong emotional movie made from the hip pockets of the filmmakers.

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7/18/12 Gnomes Appalling script and appalling acting by Deniss. Loved everyone else. 1 stars
3/30/04 Faustus It's all about Jackman- just skip the Meg Ryan solo scenes, and it's almost watchable. 2 stars
11/27/01 KMG This is Hugh's greatest work...and he should be proud! It's very very good. 4 stars
8/12/01 kmiller Well-acted film with realistic character depictions. 4 stars
10/17/00 neilb horrible script made me cringe. Very atmospheric. Strong performances, and not just Jackman 3 stars
11/02/99 ozwitch great character piece, brilliant performance by Jackman but some scripting inadequacies. 4 stars
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