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Dark Frontier (2009)

Lucky Country (original title)
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1902....the Australian Federation is a year old. Twelve year-old Tom's beloved father, Nat, has dragged him and his sister, Sarah, to an isolated farm at the edge of the woods. But Nat's ... See full summary »

Director:

Kriv Stenders

Writer:

Andy Cox
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aden Young ... Nat
Toby Wallace ... Tom
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Sarah
Pip Miller Pip Miller ... Henry
Neil Pigot ... Carver
Eamon Farren ... Jimmy
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... The Rabbiter
Helmut Bakaitis ... Connolly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mal Corkhill Mal Corkhill ... Surveyor
Adrian Crawford Adrian Crawford ... Surveyor
Kerry Hoare Kerry Hoare ... Cart Driver
Angelina Kovalenko Angelina Kovalenko ... Railway Camp woman (as Angelina Kavalenko)
Elizabeth McConnor Elizabeth McConnor ... Railway Camp woman
Justin Prime Justin Prime ... Surveyor
Regina Riediger-Jensen Regina Riediger-Jensen ... Railway Camp woman
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1902....the Australian Federation is a year old. Twelve year-old Tom's beloved father, Nat, has dragged him and his sister, Sarah, to an isolated farm at the edge of the woods. But Nat's dream of living off the land has died and he is losing his grip on sanity. When three ex-soldiers arrive at their cabin one night Tom, like his father, believes they are providence. But their presence becomes more menacing when one of them reveals a secret: he's found gold. As the lure of gold infects everyone around him the cabin becomes a psychological battleground in which Tom's loyalty is put to the ultimate test. Written by Smoking Gun Productions

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One day, your luck runs out...


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Rated R for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Toby Wallace. See more »

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yep, a real piece of work.
9 June 2010 | by picturewithsoundSee all my reviews

This film was seriously the worst that I had seen all year, my house-mate brought it home from the library as he wants to be a film maker and so is among the only demographic that forces themselves to watch Australian movies. This one danced across the spectrum- from laughable to absurd to simply pointless. It was a very transparent film that clearly showed the screenwriter as a troglodyte-pseudo-intellectual, who reads himself to confidence, then falsely assigns himself the role of preacher, peppering the screenplay with little sweet-nothings that are so trivial and out of place, even the lowly bushmen I imagine the film was made for will be deterred.

There are some beautiful one-liners in there that the director really had no excuse to keep from the cutting room floor, namely "What is it little-man? You think you've got what it takes!?" , as well as a character who has a real misunderstanding of Henry Lawson's poetry to share with the world, implying that it was romantic and idealistic, where even the free internet encyclopedia knows better-

"Lawson had no romantic illusions about a 'rural idyll'."[7] As Elder continues, his grim view of the outback was far removed from "the romantic idyll of brave horsemen and beautiful scenery depicted in the poetry of 'The Banjo' Paterson".

add to that a thick layer of repetitive religious rubbish and just about every poorly-written, poorly-timed interaction that the characters share, and you get a film that was very unfair on the actors who trusted the writer/ director, and tried their hardest.

yep, a real piece of work.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Australia, Australia

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Budget:

AUD2,050,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,152
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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