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DIMBOOLA: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
The small country town of Dimboola is preparing for the imminent wedding of Morrie McAdam (Bruce Spence) to Maureen Delaney (Natalie Bate). But first there is the debauched bucks party, complete with stripper Angelique (Claire Binney). Complications arise when the Best Man, Dangles (Bill Garner) reveals incriminating photos of Morrie with Angelique to the bride to be. And Maureen's mum reveals that the bride and groom might actually be cousins because of a pre-marital fling. And observing it all is Pommy journalist Vivian Worcester-Jones (Max Gillies).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Poor old Bruce Spence; in the course of the film he has to down, all in one go, a big glass of milk, one beer and a bottle of what looks like Advokaat. But then in Dimboola, drinking is a widespread practice and even the clergy indulge. Based on his own play, Jack Hibberd's screenplay is as rumbuctious as a feisty Aussie outback town, and John Duigan's spirited direction gives the film a sizzling pace. In today's environment, the film seems tame, but it's a gem that celebrates what is a sadly passing Australian ethos.

In the characters and their attitudes are the embers of a social code that combines the larrikin spirit with the big heart of a community that recognises that humanity is weak - but never too weak to share a drink.

Bruce Spence is the gangling funny Morrie, an innocent tricked into sin; Max Gillies is the outsider, the London reporter who sees it all from his own vantage point - and is seduced by the place and its people. Natalie Bate is a lovely bride and Max Cullen makes up half the entertaining duo with Chad Morgan.

Invite some friends, order a pizza, grab a beer or two and enjoy a slice of Australia of not-so-long-ago.

Published November 29, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

DIMBOOLA:DVD (M)
(Aust, 1979)

CAST: Bruce Spence, Natalie Bate, Max Gillies, Bill Garner, Barry Barkla, Claire Binney, Max Cullen, Kerry Dwyer, Max Fairchild, Sue Ingleton, Val Jellay, Evelyn Krape, Terry McDermott, Jack Perry, Alan Rowe, Tim Robertson, Chad Morgan, and The Matchbox Band

PRODUCER: John Weiley

DIRECTOR: John Duigan

SCRIPT: Jack Hibberd (based on his play)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tom Cowan

EDITOR: Tony Paterson

MUSIC: George Dreyfus

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Larry Eastwood

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0 Mono

SPECIAL FEATURES: 2 disc Collectors Edition.[BREAK]Disc 1: feature; Audio commentary with Jack Hibberd and others;[BREAK]Disc 2: Dimboola - stage play (1973) directed by David Williamson; Pram Factory (1994) - documentary; trailers

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella

DVD RELEASE: October 9, 2006







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