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MR RELIABLE

SYNOPSIS:
The real life petty crim Wally Mellish won national fame in 1968 in Australia when due to overwrought police antics he was holed up in a suburban house for three days with his girlfriend. The siege ended with the Police Commissioner performing the marriage ceremony - on the spot. The film recreates the oddball event.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
As quintessentially Australian as meat pies and flies, Mr Reliable takes the strange but true story of Wally Mellish and turns it into a genuine comedy with dramatic bite, thanks to both the acutely observed screenplay and Nadia Tassí handling of the material. She keeps it real as well as funny: or should that be, she keeps it real so it IS funny. Two of Australiaís most talented actors in Colin Friels and Jacqui McKenzie bring their own veracity to the characters, never letting them off the leash: itís not a caricature we want, but the flesh and blood of these young and vulnerable (and slightly criminal) puppets in a game that they manage to invert. The film captures the Australian vernacular and the psyche of the times beautifully; I remember those days very well, having arrived here as a migrant in January 1966, two years before the real events took place. Thirty years later, those days do seem bathed in a nostalgic glow; Australia was not quite the grown up place it has become, so Police Commissioners could have the humanity to do what this one did.

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CAST: Jacqueline McKenzie, Colin Friels, Paul Sonkilla, Frank Gallacher, Barry Otto

PRODUCERS: Jim McElroy, Terry Hayes, Michael Hamlyn

DIRECTOR: Nadia Tass

SCRIPT: Terry Hayes, Don Catchlove

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Parker

EDITOR: Peter Carrodus

MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Chris Gough, Mana Music

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jon Dowding

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AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 23, 1997







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