The Final Winter

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The Final Winter
The final winter 2007 poster.JPG
Theatrical poster
Directed byBrian Andrews
Jane Forrest
Written byMatt Nable
Produced byAnthony Coffee
Michelle Russell
StarringMatt Nable
John Jarratt
Raelee Hill
Matthew Johns
CinematographyIan Jones
Edited byMatt Villa
Music byAdam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Distributed byParamount Pictures Australia
Release date
  • 6 September 2007 (2007-09-06)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Box office$284,354[2]

The Final Winter is an Australian drama film released in 2007. It was directed by Brian Andrews and Jane Forrest and produced by Anthony Coffee, and Michelle Russell, while independently produced it is being distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was written by Matthew Nable who also starred as the lead role 'Grub' Henderson. The film, which earned praise from critics,[3] focuses around Grub, who is the captain of the Newtown Jets rugby league team in the early 1980s, and his determination to stand for what rugby league traditionally stood for while dealing with his own identity crisis.[4] The Final Winter was adapted to the stage in 2015 by Justin Brice Performed in Albury–Wodonga for four nights starting on 15 July to sold-out crowds. Justin Brice is an Albury–Wodonga local performer and stage writer who dedicated three years to crafting the script to fit on a theatre stage.


The film explores the way in which business tore up the loyalty that was between Grub's club and family. Essentially this is a metaphor for the way in which business began to imprint the game of Rugby League during the 1980s, and saw the rise of commercialism in the game.[5] Consequently, Grub must battle with an administration that wanted him gone and additionally his brother and coach's betrayal. The film also deals with the domestic issues between Grub and his wife and his children, as their husband and father has been transformed from who he was to who he has become.[4]


The film also features cameo appearances from Tom Raudonikis, Roy Masters, Thomas Keneally, Jack Elsegood, Max Krilich, Terry Randall, Phil Sigsworth, Noel "Ned" Kelly[6][7][8] Ivan Cleary, Les Johns, Craig Hancock, Terry Serio, Peter Peters, and Australian Wrestling Federation ring announcer 'The Duke of Wrestling' Kieran Burns.


  1. ^ "Cinematic Intelligence Agency Review and information". Cinematic Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Daniel Williams (31 August 2007). "Footy for Thought". Time. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "At the Movies Review". At the Movies, ABC. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  5. ^ Purcell, Charles (6 September 2007). "Final whistle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  6. ^ FitzSimons, Peter (20 October 2007). "The Fitz Files". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  7. ^ Douglas Kennedy and Elissa Blake (19 August 2007). "League legends in The Final Winter". The Sunday Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  8. ^ Phil Rothfield and Rebecca Wilson (1 July 2007). "Hoppa a player agent". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2010.

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