The Wog Boy
|The Wog Boy|
|Directed by||Aleksi Vellis|
|Written by||Nick Giannopoulos|
|Produced by||Nick Giannopoulos|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox (Australia & Germany)|
The Wog Boy is a 2000 Australian comedy film directed by Aleksi Vellis and starring Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Lucy Bell, Abi Tucker, Stephen Curry, Tony Nikolakopoulos and Derryn Hinch.
Steve (Nick Giannopoulos) is a first-generation Greek Australian. Steve is unemployed, but manages to get by, helping out here and there. His pride and joy is his VF Valiant Pacer. Whilst helping out a compensation-oriented neighbour, Steve has a minor car accident involving the Minister for Employment, vampily played by Geraldine Turner. The net result of this encounter is twofold: Steve gets to meet Celia (Lucy Bell) whom he is instantly attracted to but who initially hates him, and Steve gets outed on national television by Derryn Hinch as the worst dole-bludger in Australia.
Steve manages to turn this around to his advantage, and becomes famous as The Wog Boy, spearheading a campaign to improve the employment status of the country. In the interim, he makes variable progress with Celia.
Steve (Nick Giannopoulos) is seen driving a dark blue 1969 VF Valiant hardtop during the movie, which was allegedly given to him by his father. During the film, it is said that the car's original engine was a 245-cubic-inch (4.0 L) 6-cylinder hemi, which was later replaced with an 8-cylinder engine.
The Australian Chrysler Valiant range of cars were often and sometimes still referred to as "Wog Chariots" or "The Greek Mercedes."
The track "Get Tzatziki With It" was also in the film's promotional campaign, and is played in the actual movie itself. It was written by John Von Ahlen, Jaime Jimenez and Nick Giannopoulos and recorded at Subterrane Recording Studio.
- "Pull Up to the Bumper" - Deni Hines
- "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" - Ilanda & Joanne
- "(She's got that) Vibe" - Redzone
- "Shine" - Vanessa Amorosi
- "Somebody Like You" - Jimmy Christo
- "Am I Sexy?" - The Lords of Acid
- "You Should Be Dancing" - Blockster
- "Born to Be Alive" - Patrick Hernandez
- "Love Lies Bleeding" - Sonic Animation
- "Bang-A-Boomerang" - The Mavis's
- "Love Theme From 'The Wog Boy' " - Cezary Skubiszewski
- "Get Tzatziki With It" - Planet J ft Nicky GiO
- "Pull Up to the Bumper (Club Mix)" - Deni Hines
The Wog Boy grossed $11,449,799 at the box office in Australia.
- Nick Giannopoulos as Steve Karamitsis
- Vince Colosimo as Frank
- Lucy Bell as Celia O'Brien
- John Barresi as Domenic
- Stephen Curry as Nathan
- Geraldine Turner as Raelene Beagle-Thorpe
- Abi Tucker as Annie O'Brien
- Tony Nikolakopoulos as Theo
- Derryn Hinch as Self
- Costas Kilias as Tony
- Vince D'Amico as Mario
- Kim Gyngell as The Supervisor
- Trent Huen as Van
- Hung Le as Tran
- Peter Hosking as Bazza
- Lucy Taylor as Shazza
- Vincent Gara as Young Steve
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