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Broke (2016)

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A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.

Director:

Heath Davis

Writer:

Heath Davis
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Credited cast:
Steve Bastoni ... Sherro
Brendan Cowell ... Dirk
Max Cullen ... Cec
Pippa Grandison ... Duty Manager
Damian Hill Damian Hill ... Lionel
Steve Le Marquand ... Ben Kelly
Danny Maher Danny Maher ... Racecourse Manager
Stephanie May ... Babysitter
Matthew McCracken Matthew McCracken ... Cop 1
Justin Rosniak Justin Rosniak ... Neck
Ben Taylor Ben Taylor ... Young Cop
Claire van der Boom ... Terri
William Zappa William Zappa ... Abe
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A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.

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There's no game plan for life.

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Drama

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Heath Davis wrote the part of BK specifically for actor, Steve Le Marquand even though the two had never met. See more »

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Surprisingly unpredictable.
18 September 2016 | by breannesartoriSee all my reviews

This film dealt with two very heavy topics: that of gambling addiction and the portrayal of sports stars as local heroes and role models. In spite of this, the director and writers brought a sensitivity and lightness of hand to the screen when dealing with these issues. These themes were explored honestly and with little judgment, but were still done justice to – they weren't brushed aside. Despite the story being one of redemption and about the power of having people believe in you, the ending wasn't a happy one and not what we expect given the direction of the film. Even so, the ending made sense and the "twist" (for lack of a better word) isn't obscure. The audience isn't left feeling dissatisfied, even if we were hoping for that happy ending.

The only thing I didn't like about it was that the dialogue was very rough and course. While it's typical of the way Australians talk, it felt overbearing. The dialogue could have been slightly more eloquent but have taken nothing from the feel of the movie and the characterisation.

In terms of production value, there were a few sections of the film where the sound recording quality wasn't as good as it should have been. It's hard to look past, which is unfortunate because the rest of the movie is done very well.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2016 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD150,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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