Mad Bastards

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Mad Bastards
Madbastardsposter.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Brendan Fletcher
Produced by Brendan Fletcher
David Jowsey
Alan Pigram
Stephen Pigram
Written by Brendan Fletcher
Starring Dean Daley-Jones
Lucas Yeeda
Music by Alan Pigram
Stephen Pigram
Alex Lloyd
Cinematography Allan Collins
Edited by Claire Fletcher
Release date
  • 26 January 2011 (2011-01-26) (Sundance)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $3.2 million[1]
Box office $203,598 (Australia)[1]

Mad Bastards is a 2011 Australian drama film written and directed by Brendan Fletcher.[2] It is Fletcher's debut film and it premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Reception[edit]

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."[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Award
(1st)
AFI Members' Choice Award Brendan Fletcher, David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Brendan Fletcher Nominated
Best Young Actor Lucas Yeeda Nominated
Best Sound Phil Judd Nominated
Nick Emond Nominated
Johanna Emond 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
Alan Pigram Nominated
Stephen Pigram 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
(2011)
Grand Jury Prize Brendan Fletcher Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sam Dallas, "Box Office: Insidious posts modest opening", If Magazine 17 May 2011 accessed 24 May 2014
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 65. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  3. ^ "Debuting Director Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards Shapes Textured Relationships Within a Vividly Drawn Milieu". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Orange, Michelle. "Mad Bastards (review)". SBS. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 

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