Idiot Box (film)

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Idiot Box
Idiot Box FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by David Caesar
Produced by Nicki Roller
Glenys Rowe
Written by David Caesar
Starring Ben Mendelsohn
Robyn Loau
Celia Ireland
Graeme Blundell
Music by Tim Rogers
Cinematography Joseph Pickering
Edited by Mark Perry
Distributed by Umbrella Entertainment
Release dates 1996
Running time 85 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$837,689 (Australia)

Idiot Box is a 1996 Australian film starring Ben Mendelsohn.

Plot[edit]

The story follows two fictional characters Mick and Kev who have nothing to offer. They are stereotypical bogans with a taste for cheap thrills. Kev's hobby is being angry, his motto is "Maximum fear, minimum time". He is unemployed with "attitude," an antagonistic manner. Mick is his best friend ("mate") and together they kill time drinking beer, watching the Idiot Box and looking for action on the street.

One day Kev tells Mick they have drawn their last dole cheque. Instead of giving into their limited circumstances, they are going to get rich quick doing the only thing they are qualified for - crime. Conning a friend into driving the getaway car, the gang of three plan a bank robbery. But it is a heist that is doomed from the start when professional criminals target the same bank.

Production[edit]

The film's writer-director David Caesar said:

I think that Idiot Box is about two young men who are doing the best they can with the resources available to them. Now, the fact that the resource available, as far as they're concerned, is robbing a bank doesn't change the fact that it's still about them trying, basically not giving up. I'm surprised that people haven't come down on me for saying, 'Oh, this is going to promote people robbing banks.' The issue with the film, from my point of view, is that it was about people who hadn't given in to their circumstances.[1]

Box office[edit]

Idiot Box grossed $837,689 at the box office in Australia.[2]

Home media[edit]

Idiot Box was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in March 2012. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, behind the scenes, the screenplay and audio commentary with David Caesar and Glenys Rowe.[3]

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