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Under the radar - Nathan Phillips, Clayton Watson, Chloe Maxwell, Evan Clarry

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Movie propaganda

Brandon (Nathan Phillips) absolutely lives for the surf. Too bad for him, an episode of surf rage throws him miles away from anything resembling a beach. In fact, the good-behaviour bond that the Magistrates court sentenced him with throws Brandon in the deep end of more potential bad-behaviour than any amount of good. As part of his punishment he's sent to help at a home for the intellectually disabled - enter Trevor (Steady Eddy) and Adrian (Clayton Watson), both of them smart enough to realise that Brandon is their ticket out of there for a bit of fun. Activate a road trip to the beach, add a sexy but mysterious babe named Jo (Chloe Maxwell) and factor in a few gangsters trying to kill them, a rival gang, a deserted farm and a spear gun - and the body count begins.

If they do ever make it to the beach they'll have to be quick, stick together and stay Under the radar.

Persons of interest

  • Nathan Phillips .... Brandon
  • Clayton Watson .... Adrian
  • Steady Eddy .... Trevor
  • Chloe Maxwell .... Jo
  • Rory Williamson .... Ricardo
  • Damien Garvey .... Gene
  • Gyton Grantley .... Trent
  • Rory Williamson .... Ricardo
  • Steve Pratt .... Screenwriter
  • Evan Clarry .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Under the radar is a small-time Aussie film about surfers, spazzes and gangsters. Actually, surfers take spazzes on road trips and unwittingly eliminate gangsters so frequently (in sunny Queensland) that I'm surprised anyone would bother to make a movie about it. Ah well, there are people in Broken Hill who don't know much about surfing so I guess it's ok to preserve on celluloid some of Australia's 21st century heritage.

Clayton Watson is a delightfully ingenuous version of Guy Pearce's Leonard Shelby from Memento. Evidently, amnesia is now as common as cancer was in the 20th century. Nathan Phillips is a little bit too wacky but that's Evan Clarry's fault for not pulling him back enough.

It's fun, but you'll forget it pretty quickly.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language, drug references)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 29 July 2004

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