Erskineville Kings

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Erskineville Kings
Directed by Alan White
Produced by Alan White
Julio Caro
Written by Marty Denniss
Starring Hugh Jackman
Music by Don Miller-Robinson
Louis Tillett
Cinematography John Swaffield
Edited by Jane Moran
Production
  company
Radical Media
Distributed by Palace Films
Southern Star Entertainment
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date(s) 1 January 1999
Running time 90 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $183,691

Erskineville Kings is a 1999 Australian drama film directed and produced by newcomer Alan White. The film was produced by Radical Media made for Palace Films on a minimal budget. It was released on 1 January 1999.[1][2]

The lead actor, Hugh Jackman, won the FCCA award for Best Male Actor,[3] for his performance as Wace, the older brother of Barky, played by Marty Denniss, who returns home after he hears about his father's death.

Plot[edit]

The film deals with the story of two brothers. Barky (Marty Denniss) is 25 years old and returning to Sydney after two years of living in the northern sugar cane growing areas. He has returned home to attend the funeral of his father (Paul Dawber). The film begins with Barky's arrival at Central station at dawn, seeking the whereabouts of his brother, Wace (Hugh Jackman). We learn from flashbacks that he left home two years ago to escape the clutches of his father’s violent rages. Wace, the older brother, is not too happy about Barky’s prolonged absence, having been left to manage looking after the father in his last years of life. After walking through the streets he finds an old mate of his, Wayne (Joel Edgerton), who assures him of the location of his brother. He succeeds in finding his brother through the help of Wayne and friends, who all end up at a pub where it is revealed that Barky and Wace's mother left the family fifteen years earlier and that Wace hastened his father's death after he was struck down by a stroke. Barky also crosses paths with his ex-girlfriend, Lanny, and manages to rekindle the relationship.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was shot in the streets of Newtown and Erskineville, including inside Gould's Bookstore in Newtown. The title of the movie refers to the King's Hotel, a fictional hotel in which most of the movie takes place.

Box office[edit]

Erskineville Kings grossed $183,691 at the box office in Australia.[4]

Reception[edit]

As of May 2012, Erskineville Kings does not have any critics' reviews catalogued on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollywood.com review
  2. ^ Mark Smith, "Erskineville Kings", Cinema Papers, June 1999 p12-17
  3. ^ FCCA Awards 2000
  4. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  5. ^ "Erskineville Kings (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 

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