The Final Winter

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The Final Winter
The final winter 2007 poster.JPG
Theatrical poster for The Final Winter
Directed by Brian Andrews
Jane Forrest
Produced by Anthony Coffee
Michelle Russell
Written by Matt Nable
Starring Matt Nable
John Jarratt
Raelee Hill
Matthew Johns
Music by Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Cinematography Ian Jones
Edited by Matt Villa
Distributed by Paramount Pictures Australia
Release date
6 September 2007
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country Australia
Language English
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 football 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 the 15 July to sold out crowds. Justin Brice is an Albury Wodonga local performer and stage writer dedicating 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. 
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  3. ^ Daniel Williams (31 August 2007). "Footy for Thought". Time. Time Inc. 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: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ FitzSimons, Peter (20 October 2007). "The Fitz Files". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. 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: News Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 

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