The Boys (1998 film)

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The Boys
TheBoys dvd.jpg
The Boys DVD cover
Directed by Rowan Woods
Produced by Robert Connolly
John Maynard
Screenplay by Stephen Sewell
Based on Play:
Gordon Graham
Starring David Wenham
Toni Collette
Lynette Curran
John Polson
Anthony Hayes
Music by The Necks / Alan Lamb
Cinematography Tristan Milani
Edited by Nick Meyers
Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment
Release dates
  • 7 May 1998 (1998-05-07)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Boys is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Rowan Woods. The screenplay by Stephen Sewell is based on the play by Gordon Graham, first performed by Griffin Theatre Company directed by Alex Galeazzi.


After serving time in prison for an assault on a liquor store-owner, Brett Sprague is released from prison and returns home to his two brothers and their girlfriends, mother, stepfather, and girlfriend. Things have changed, and as Brett begins to drink his way through the day, he regains his "top-dog" position one argument at a time. This power-trip gets Brett and his brothers united in rage against their girlfriends and mother, and they are involved in a heinous crime. The aftermath of the night unfolds through the story with flashforwards.



The Boys is Rowan Woods' directorial debut, and actor Peter Hehir's last film before he retired from acting. Woods "aimed to achieve a combination of documentary-style naturalism with the edge of a thriller." Woods also said that the first time he read the play, he felt "it was an Australian story that had to be told. (...) This is the inside story of a family in crisis, of three boys on the day before a nasty crime takes place, of which they are accused."[1]

The producer of the film, Robert Connolloy had also produced the play. He met Rowan Woods at film school, and they both suggested to John Maynard they make the movie. The script was adapted by playwright Stephen Sewll.[2]

Shooting was made on location in a rented house in Maroubra, an eastern suburb of Sydney. The shopping centre which is the scene of the heinous crime is the Eastlakes Shopping Centre in Sydney's inner suburbs.


The original music score is composed by The Necks (though sound designer Alan Lamb also contributed music for the film)[3] [4]and was nominated for ARIA Best Soundtrack Album, AFI Best Musical Score, and Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award. The film was also entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

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  1. ^ "Wettbewerb/In Competition". Moving Pictures, Berlinale Extra. Berlin. 11–22 February 1998. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Rowan Woods", Signet, 12 May 1998 accessed 18 November 2012
  3. ^ Biron, D. 2013. The Aesthetics of Conservatism. Overland, 210, 72-77.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Tony. Minimalist Menace, UTS Publishing, 2005.
  5. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". Retrieved 15 January 2012. 

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