Revelation Film Festival 2014

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Sept Australian Revelations: The Club

Dir: Bruce Beresford
Year: 1980
Duration: 96mins

Tuesday Sept 27th
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Buy tickets here

We'd be positvely un-Australian if we didn't provide a tip of the hat to the footy finals and what better way than with the David Williamson penned Bruce Beresford directed classic The Club.

With a great cast that includes Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, John Howard among other luminaries, The Club is a real pleasure to watch.

As film curator Paul Byrnes puts it:

Laurie Holden (Jack Thompson) is coach of a Victorian Football League (VFL) team that hasn’t won a premiership for 19 years. Club president Ted Parker (Graham Kennedy) brings in a star recruit at great expense, but youngster Geoff Hayward (John Howard) is a major disappointment. As the club loses a string of games, the coach, president, committee members and players start to tear each other apart.

The play was set in an unnamed club that was obviously Collingwood, the team that Williamson grew up supporting (before he switched to the Sydney Swans). The film was largely shot in Collingwood’s old headquarters at Victoria Park, and clearly identifies the team as Collingwood. 

Although its characters are fictional, the types are instantly recognisable to audiences: the self-made Ted Parker, a meat pie millionaire; the scheming Jock, a drunken buffoon with a mean streak (Frank Wilson); the oily administrator (Alan Cassell), plotting the demise of both Parker and the coach (Jack Thompson). The less familiar character is the Tasmanian star played by John Howard, who arrives at the club as the most expensive recruit in league history and then refuses to play, because he’s having an existential crisis. 

The play was written at a specific time, when professionalism was taking over the game and changing the idea of club loyalty among players and coaches. It was intended as a satire, not just on sport, but society in general, and masculine codes of behaviour in particular. (Paul Byrnes)

Tuesday Sept 27th
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Buy tickets here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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