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Mallboy - Kane McNay, Nell Feeney, Brett Swain, Vincent Giarusso

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Movie propaganda

Mallboy is a story about Shaun (Kane McNay), 15-years-old, trying to make sense of his world.

Tough and self-reliant, Shaun's life is spent trying to cope with a chaotic home life and hiding from his social worker that wants him to return to a mid-term unit. Shaun's close to ending up in a remand centre - but he doesn't care. You see Shaun's the man of the house and feels he has to be around for his mum (Nell Feeney as Jenny). She's relying on him.

News of his dad's return home from prison gives Shaun fresh hope that a new start has arrived. However, the reunion doesn't go to plan, old tensions soon erupt and things just couldn't be worse. It's at this point that Shaun has to make a decision that will change his life forever.

Persons of interest

  • Kane McNay .... Shaun
  • Nell Feeney-Connor .... Jenny
  • Brett Swain .... Sam
  • Maxie Rickard .... Tanya
  • Sarah Naumoff .... Joanne
  • Lauren Hawker .... Sue
  • Ryan Paine .... Laurie
  • Ronald Grima .... Dean
  • Brett Tucker .... Darren
  • Sheryl Munks .... Pam
  • Victoria Eagger .... Yvonne
  • John Penman .... Brian
  • Susan Godfrey .... Constable Tamara
  • Vincent Giarusso .... Screenwriter
  • Vincent Giarusso .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

White trash (or as close as Australia can get to it).

Shaun and his family and his mates are the people you avoid looking at too closely when you head down to Centrelink to hand in your dole form. They scare you because you're from a nice family and you grew up in a nice home with nice parents who only got drunk and hit each other at Christmas. They scare you because they wear polyester and they don't look like they wash very often. They scare you because you can see all their resentment smouldering just below the surface.

Scary, scary monsters.

Watching a film about those people is almost as bad because even though you know it's not real (it has that guy from Seachange in the lead role) it drags you so far into their world that you can't help but be scarred by it. Leading that influence is Kane (the guy from Seachange) who climbs into his character's skin and never comes out. It's a far cry from boy-about-the-house Rupert and it signals a major career in Australian film & TV. The other cast members are less likeable... er, that is, the characters they present are less likeable... so it shows how well Kane does to give a performance that's so sympathetic.

If you liked the home-grown nature of The dish but want something with more bite you'll enjoy Mallboy. Think The boys before they grew up and went to jail.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 25 January 2001

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