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Noise - Brendan Cowell, Maia Thomas, Simon King, Matthew Saville

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Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell) is a cop - almost by default he thinks. Self-centered, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, a few days before Christmas he is sent by his boss to man a police van in a suburban shopping strip, after violent murders rock the local community.

McGahan starts to engage with traumatised members of the local community, as they deal with the after burn of these terrible crimes. He learns to come to grips with his role as a cop and a man. But terror has a way of finding the most vulnerable amongst us. Noise deals with the response of an ordinary young man to the challenge posed when a community is affected by tragic

The film shows we are at our best when the worst occurs.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Australia Melbourne police cop mass murder thriller crime caravan train tinnitus

Persons of interest

  • Brendan Cowell .... Constable Graham McGahan
  • Maia Thomas .... Lavinia Smart
  • Henry Nixon .... Craig Finaly
  • Nicholas Bell .... Detective Noel Birchall
  • Katie Wall .... Constable Caitlin Robinson
  • Fiona MacLeod .... Detective Melanie Ryan
  • Maud Davey .... Senior Constable Rhonda Harris
  • Luke Elliot .... Dean Stouritis
  • Richard Cawthorne .... Kermond
  • Simon King .... John Smith
  • Aaron Mcloughlin .... Paraplegic
  • Richard Pyros .... Carter
  • Damien Richardson .... Rhodes
  • Matthew Saville .... Screenwriter
  • Matthew Saville .... Director

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Theatrical report

Noise is like CSI without the Americans, that is to say: quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, tricky, dark, sad, painful, mysterious. It is a cop movie with more than just the dreary tale of life in a crappy job (there was a time when cops were heroes, now they're just working stiffs who aren't paid well enough), it's the story of one man's journey in the slow lane (the only difference between a rut and the grave is the depth).

Brendan Cowell is great as Constable Graham McGahan, the long-suffering protagonist. Understated, underwhelmed and under-appreciated Graham lets the chips lie where they fall: on his shoulder. The supporting cast stand just tall enough to cast a few darkened shadows.

This is a good Australian cop drama. Enjoy it.

Media intelligence (Blu-ray, DVD)

  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Bonus shorts:
      • Europe (Directed by Brendan Cowell)
      • Gents (Directed by Matthew Saville and featuring Tex Perkins)
    • Commentaries: Cast and crew
    • Deleted scenes: With commentary by editor Geoff Hitchins
    • Documentaries:
      • Behind the scenes
      • Workshop footage
    • Interviews: Matthew Saville, Brendan Cowell, Trevor Blainey from At the movies, RRR, Popcorn, Australia talks
    • Galleries: Storyboard opening and closing sequence
    • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong coarse language, violence)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 May 2007
DVD rental: 10 October 2007
DVD retail: 10 October 2007
Disc: 1 December 2010

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