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YEAR OF THE DOGS

SYNOPSIS:
A season (1996) in the life of the Footscray Football Club.

"Where Fever Pitch used actors to portray the passion of footy fever (different code, same passion) Year of the Dogs uses two real people, Jenny and Pat, mother and daughter. Their lives are measured by Footscray’s forays, more failures than successes. Their emotional attachment could make an interesting psycho drama, but Cordell sticks to the team: we see them in all possible situations, from showers to sullen silences, from losing to winning, from fear to exhilaration.

For sport watchers, the film offers enormous detail; for others, it scats between highs and lows, observing several aspects of human nature along the way - as if by accident. Cordell’s success is in making even a footy ignoramus like me tune in to the tensions of the team’s hopes and aspirations. Of course, it helps that the team is an underdog of the first order."
Andrew L. Urban

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YEAR OF THE DOGS (M15+)
(Australia)

CAST: The Footscray Football Club, and supporters Jenny and Pat Hodgson

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Michel Cordell

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Cordell

EDITOR: Stewart Young

MUSIC: Scott Saunders

FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Ronin Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 11, 1997: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast;
September 18: Perth;
September 25:
Canberra.







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