A promotional poster for the film
|Directed by||Jonathan Teplitzky|
|Produced by||Martin Fabinyi
|Written by||Chris Nyst|
|Distributed by||Umbrella Entertainment|
|Running time||Australia: 100 minutes|
Gettin' Square won nominations at several Australian ceremonies including the AFI Awards, Inside Film Awards, Australian Comedy Awards, and Critics Circle Awards. Wenham's performance as Spiteri saw him win the Best Actor category in every major Australian film award through 2003.
Chris Nyst has also written and directed another feature film, Crooked Business, which was released in 2008.
- Sam Worthington as Barry 'Wattsy' Wirth, a man recently paroled after serving time for a crime he did not commit.
- David Wenham as Johnny Francis 'Spit' Spitieri, a small time criminal and friend of Barry's.
- Timothy Spall as Darren 'Dabba' Barrington
- Freya Stafford as Annie Flynn
- Gary Sweet as Chicka Martin
- David Roberts as Niall Toole
- David Field as Arnie DeViers
- Luke Pegler as Joey Wirth
- Richard Carter as Craig 'Crusher' Knobes
- Mitchell Butel as Con Katsakis
Barry Wirth (Sam Worthington) is a retired small time criminal who is released on parole following the death of his mother, so that he can care for his younger brother, Joey (Luke Pegler). Wirth was falsely convicted for murder by corrupt police detective Arnie DeViers (David Field), who is in the employ of criminal kingpin Chicka Martin (Gary Sweet). Shortly after Wirth is released, a corrupt accountant is arrested and his records seized, causing difficulties for Wirth's new employer, Darren "Dabba" Barrington (Timothy Spall), an ex criminal turned restauranteur whose money is seized along with that of Chicka. Wirth's friend Johnny "Spit" Spitieri (David Wenham), a heroin addict and small time criminal, is arrested while conducting a drug deal and finds himself owing twenty thousand dollars to Chicka. DeViers continues to harass and threaten Wirth, even as the latter finds success as a chef in Dabba's restaurant. Despite his best efforts to remain clean, Wirth finds himself under increasing pressure to return to his criminal ways in order to help both Dabba and Spit.
Gettin' Square grossed $2,292,587 at the box office in Australia.
Gettin' Square was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in September 2011. The DVD is compatible with region 4 and includes special features such as deleted scenes, a Popcorn Taxi Q&A, interviews with Jonathan Teplitzky, Chris Nyst, Timothy Spall, David Wenham, and audio commentary with Jonathan Teplitzky and Chris Nyst.
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- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
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- Review at SMH.com.au
- IMDb entry
- Rotten Tomatoes entry
- Gettin' Square at the National Film and Sound Archive