Theatrical film poster
|Directed by||Brendan Fletcher|
|Produced by||Brendan Fletcher|
|Written by||Brendan Fletcher|
|Music by||Alan Pigram|
|Edited by||Claire Fletcher|
|Box office||$203,598 (Australia)|
Years ago, TJ (Dean Daley-Jones) abandoned his wife and son, and as time passes his conscience tells him it's time he began facing up to his responsibilities as a father. TJ is an Aboriginal man living in Western Australia and has a weakness for alcohol and a habit of getting into fights. As it happens, TJ's son Bullet (Lucas Yeeda) is nearly as troubled as he is; at the age of thirteen, he's already been arrested for arson and instead of serving a sentence in a juvenile detention home, he is released to the custody of his Elders. Bullet isn't anxious to reacquaint himself with TJ, but both realize they need to settle their scores with one another, and Bullet's Grandfather Texas (Greg Tait) steps in to help.
- Dean Daley-Jones as TJ
- Lucas Yeeda as Bullet
- Karla Hart as TJ's sister
- Alex Lloyd as Musician
- Douglas Macale as Uncle Black
- Patrick McCoy-Geary as Bullet's mate
- Kelton Pell as Mad Dog
- Alan Pigram as Musician
- Ngaire Pigram as Nella
- Stephen Pigram as Musician
- Greg Tait as Texas
- John Watson as Bush Camp Elder
Mad Bastards received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning an approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Michelle Orange of SBS gave the film three stars out of five. She observed that the "over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence." However she also points out that "Fletcher’s atmospheric approach is not without moments of emotional power, and the raw, unyielding landscapes of Northwestern Australia are framed to resonant effect."
Awards and nominations
|AFI Members' Choice Award||Brendan Fletcher, David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Brendan Fletcher||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor||Lucas Yeeda||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Phil Judd||Nominated|
|ADG Award||Best Direction in a Feature Film||Brendan Fletcher||Nominated|
|AFCA Award||Best Director||Nominated|
|APRA Music Award||Feature Film Score of the Year||Nominated|
|ASE Award||Best Editing in a Feature Film||Claire Fletcher||Nominated|
|ASSG Award||Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Recording||Nick Emond||Won|
|Inside Film Awards||Independent Spirit Award||Brendan Fletcher, David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram||Won|
|Sundance Film Festival
|Grand Jury Prize||Brendan Fletcher||Nominated|
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- Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 65. ISBN 978-1908215017.
- "Debuting Director Brendan Fletcher's Mad Bastards Shapes Textured Relationships Within a Vividly Drawn Milieu". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- Orange, Michelle. "Mad Bastards (review)". SBS. Retrieved 14 February 2013.