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The nothing men - David Field, Colin Friels, Martin Dingle-Wall, Mark Fitzpatrick

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As a hardened crew of factory workers struggle to see out the last two weeks before their redundancy windfalls, panic runs through the ranks with the arrival of a mysterious man sent to join them.

Suddenly fearful that their drinking and gambling will be exposed by the head-office "spy" and rob them of their money, top dog Jack (Colin Friels) and the men descend into a compelling world of antagonism and brutality.

The intrigue and anxious second-guessing is only enhanced when the pacifist of the group, Wesley (Martin Dingle Wall), befriends the seemingly normal outsider, David (David Field).

When Wesley discovers David is hiding a much darker secret, however, the seeds are planted for an explosive finale that seals the fate of The Nothing Men.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Australia mystery thriller factory worker redundancy bully attack tools men violence

Persons of interest

  • David Field .... David Snedden
  • Colin Friels .... Jack Simpson
  • Martin Dingle-Wall .... Wesley Timms
  • Brendan Clearkin .... Des
  • Michael Denkha .... Vince
  • Amelia Beau Kaldor .... Louise
  • Sonja Tallis .... Maggie
  • Simon Van Der Stap .... Kip
  • Andrew Windsor .... Simon
  • Mark Fitzpatrick .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Fitzpatrick .... Director

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Theatrical report

What The nothing men lacks in originality, it makes up for with aggression. Gathering a disparate bunch of desperate men into a confined space and locking the door is a classic way to create tension (The Pressure Cooker). Then you add a stranger, disturbing the balance of peace (The Catalyst). Then you watch it all go wrong (The Crisis), which is where we come in (The Audience). Standard stuff, but everyone in this film has a reason to hate everyone else and it's very easy to hate the antagonist, former factory foreman and full-time bogan, Jack Simpson (played a little more over-the-top than I prefer by Colin Friels - there's a clichéd bogan that's easy to do but is equally easy to spot by a connoisseur; the other, unknown actors are more comfortable with having their bogan characters nestled so deeply under the skin). Likewise, there's every reason to suspect - and pity - David Field's snivelling clerk, David Snedden (there's a name that sounds a little too onomatopoeic for my liking). And then the surprise twist turns up, and it isn't a surprise at all because it's just too convenient (The Coincidence). Erk. Overall, the script for The nothing men feels like it was written by an outsider; this can work (see Little fish) but it's gotta be pretty low key. With such a large dramatic setting as this film has, everything has to be underplayed. Speaking of which, this film would make a good play. I think that's what is called damning with faint praise. This is a good little Aussie film but it's not going to win any prizes.

The Australia, mystery, thriller movie The nothing men is directed by Mark Fitzpatrick and stars David Field, Colin Friels, Martin Dingle-Wall.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence and coarse language)

Surveillance time

84 minutes (1:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 August 2010

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