Suburban Mayhem

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Suburban Mayhem
Suburban Mayhem poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Goldman
Written byAlice Bell
Produced byJan Chapman
Leah Churchill-Brown
StarringEmily Barclay
Genevieve Lemon
CinematographyRobert Humphreys
Edited byStephen Evans
Music byMick Harvey
Distributed byIcon Film Distribution (Australia)
Release date
26 October 2006 (2006-10-26)
Running time
95 minutes

Suburban Mayhem is a 2006 Australian film directed by Paul Goldman, written by Alice Bell and produced by Leah Churchill-Brown, with Jan Chapman as executive producer. It features an ensemble cast including Emily Barclay, Michael Dorman, Anthony Hayes, Robert Morgan and Genevieve Lemon. It was filmed in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia.

Suburban Mayhem had its world premiere at Cannes[1] and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released shortly after in Australia on October 26, 2006 with subsequent releases around the world.


Katrina (Emily Barclay) is a 19-year-old single mother who is planning to get away with murder. Katrina lives in a world of petty crime, fast cars, manicures and fornication. A master manipulator of men, she lives at home with a deadbeat father in suburban Golden Grove. Katrina will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what she wants. When her father threatens to contact Social Services and take away her child, Katrina sets in motion a plan to wreak suburban mayhem that will leave a community in shock and make Katrina infamous in a way even she never dreamed of.

It is loosely based upon a series of notorious murders by Mark Valera, who killed Frank Arkell and David O'Hearn, and upon his sister Belinda van Krevel and her then-partner Keith Schreiber, who killed Jack van Krevel.






  • 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Direction (Paul Goldman), Best Supporting Actress (Genevieve Lemon), AFI Young Actor Award (Mia Wasikowska), Best Original Screenplay (Alice Bell), Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound.
  • 2006 Inside Film Awards: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Script.


Box office[edit]

Suburban Mayhem grossed $342,600 at the box office in Australia.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Suburban Mayhem has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "rotten" rating of 20%, based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10.[4] Film scholar Bruno Starrs has critiqued the film with regard to Barbara Creed's notion of the "maternal feminine" monster.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Suburban Mayhem". Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ Moses, Alexa (26 August 2006). "Best writing answered by awards". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  4. ^ "SUBURBAN MAYHEM (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ Starrs, D. Bruno (2006) The maternal monster in 'Suburban Mayhem'. Metro Magazine (151):pp. 22–24.[1]

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