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MURRABINNA

SYNOPSIS:
When Jay West (Hamish Austin) is suddenly retrenched from his seemingly secure job, he finds himself rapidly losing drive and direction. Meanwhile his good mate Roy (Richard Ferry) isn’t having the best of times either: on the way to a party with his girlfriend she tells him that she’s dumping him and kicking him out, and to make matters worse his car dealership business is going downhill fast. Jay and Roy decide there’s only one thing to do when down on their luck and finances, and with no immediate place to live – take on a suburban house-sitting position. Just as they are settling in to take stock of their lives, their problems are put into perspective when they become involved with an extremely nasty neighbourhood situation.

"It is hard to be critical of a movie produced, like Murrabinna, on a budget of $7,360. It’s hard, but somebody’s got to do it, because praising Murrabinna would be like lauding Colonel Custer’s decision at Little Bighorn. Some things should never be attempted no matter the level of resolve and subsequent effort. Certainly, a lack of funds should never be a pretext for a complete lack of cinematic originality and imagination. Just the reverse in fact – as evidenced by The Blair Witch Project. Murrabinna, however, is a morass of cliched characters, appallingly scripted dialogue and less narrative ingenuity than the average pop video clip. The latter being apposite, perhaps, in that Michael Brench's slick musical score is easily the best element of this triumph of mediocrity. Some late dramatic development (overtly derivative of Sling Blade but so poorly executed as to defy comparison) is a vain attempt to recapture the viewer’s attention – which has almost certainly decamped, along with the viewer, long before. Those with a tendency to cringe at cornball dialogue should be warned that each minute of Murrabinna may add a year’s worth of wrinkles; some of the lackluster attempts at humour come across with all the wit and hilarity of a parking fine. Making a full-length feature for less than $10,000 is certainly an ambitious enterprise. Unfortunately, Murrabinna lacks that spark of creativity which safeguards against the ultimate no-budget trap – cutting corners and ending up pointless."
Brad Green

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

MURRABINNA (M15+)
(Aus)

CAST: Hamish Austin, Richard Ferry, Brett Walsh

DIRECTOR: Justin Schneider

PRODUCER: Justin Schneider

SCRIPT: Justin Schneider

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Justin Schneider

EDITOR: Justin Schneider

MUSIC: Michael Brench

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Justin Schneider

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Tribe Enterprises

VIDEO RELEASE: December 10, 1999







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