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Josh Jarman (2004)

Marcus Graham plays Josh Jarman, a struggling playwright who has written a long, serious play about doomed love, failed relationships and the overall hurt and heartache of falling in love. ... See full summary »

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Pip Mushin

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Pip Mushin
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Marcus Graham ... Josh Jarman
Daniela Farinacci Daniela Farinacci ... Maxine
Damien Richardson ... Russ
Kestie Morassi ... Sasha
Kim Gyngell ... Stan Billows
Suzy Cato-Gashler ... Edwina Billows (as Suzy Cato)
Alex Menglet ... Sebastian
Wayne Hope ... Service Station Attendant
Roz Hammond ... Burgerland Girl
Marcella Russo Marcella Russo ... Service Station Attendant
Louise Siversen Louise Siversen ... Therapist
Ross Williams Ross Williams ... Bob the Cockney Man
Danny Gesundheit Danny Gesundheit ... Courier
John Cousins John Cousins ... Harold Stalinger
Chelsea Gibb ... Vicki Tramelli
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Marcus Graham plays Josh Jarman, a struggling playwright who has written a long, serious play about doomed love, failed relationships and the overall hurt and heartache of falling in love. He is extremely proud of it, and takes it to various producers around the city, hoping to find one that will produce his play. He takes it to Stan Billows, played by Kym Gyngell, who tells him that although the play is good, it is too serious and long-winded to attract wide audience appeal, so he doesn't feel he can fund it. While at Billows' office, Josh meets Sasha, who appears to be another struggluing playwright. The two immediately hit it off, and a relationship develops. Billows is now interested in producing Josh's play, because it turns out Sasha is his daughter. Billows makes it clear that he will only priduce it on the condition that Josh continues to see his daughter. While this is problematic enough, Billows and the director hired want to make changes to the play, to make it more ... Written by James Briggs

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During filming in May 2003, a callout in local newspapers for extras was recieved very well. Hundreds of Melburnians showed up in droves for two key scenes at Her Majestys Theatre and the Malthouse Theatre in Southbank. Extras got to meet cast and crew and dress up in tuxedos and evening gowns to play theatre guests. See more »

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Appalling
12 November 2005 | by Crap_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

This film is cinematic roadkill. It's definitely the worst Australian film of the year, if not of all time. Unless you're really into seeing clumsily directed, completely unfunny comedies - steer well clear of this stinker.

Pip Mushin is a good actor. I've enjoyed his performances in Strictly Ballroom and Frontline and was interested in seeing what he would come up with for his directorial debut. Who could have guessed that he would dish up a "comedy" which is about as much fun as passing a gall stone. Much of the blame for the absence of anything even remotely resembling amusement lies with the horrendous script. I have never seen so many clichés in the one film: the stupid thief, the girlfriend's horny mother, the struggling playwright and so on and so forth. I almost got up and left during the scene where Josh dances around the lounge room like an idiot. It's almost as if Pip Mushin got bored with ripping off bad sitcoms and just told Marcus Graham to act like an utter fool in the off chance that someone might find it vaguely amusing.

Speaking of Marcus Graham, the mind boggles as to why he agreed to act in this turkey. Marcus Graham is a talented actor, not that you'd know it from watching this. It doesn't help that he's completely miscast - at least 15 years too old for the character and way too good looking to play an unlucky in love super-nerd. The fact that they've tried to geek him up with glasses and bad hair just makes the character even less believable. You really know it's a bad movie when you feel embarrassed for the actors involved.

For the sake of all the participants and unsuspecting film goers, I really hope that Josh Jarman disappears to the darkest corner of the video shop in the very near future.


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Australia

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10 November 2005 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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