The Wog Boy

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The Wog Boy
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aleksi Vellis
Produced by Nick Giannopoulos
Aleksi Vellis
Written by Nick Giannopoulos
Chris Anastassides
Starring Nick Giannopoulos
Vince Colosimo
Lucy Bell
Abi Tucker, John Barresi, Stephen Curry
Hung Le
Geraldine Turner
Tony Nikolakopoulos
Derryn Hinch
Release date
  • 24 February 2000 (2000-02-24)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $11,449,799

The Wog Boy is a 2000 Australian motion picture comedy starring Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Lucy Bell, Abi Tucker, Stephen Curry, Tony Nikolakopoulos and Derryn Hinch.[1][2][3]


Steve (Nick Giannopoulos) is a second-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.


As well as being a comedy, the film offers a fairly subtle critique of capitalism, neoliberalism and the welfare state. The film talks about the issue of unemployment as experienced by everyday people in the 1990s. The film also examines racial profiling, media stereotypes and hysteria, and White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) privilege. It does this by placing the protagonist Steve in a situation where he is asked to do promotional work for a government department. Here we see a series of cultural conflicts where Steve's straightforward ethnic background and attitude meet the politically correct world of White Anglo-Saxon Australia. In the process Steve learns that government workers contribute little to no more effort in their work than those on the dole, and merely use better rhetoric to package their work as a meaningful contribution. While Steve works with the government department he is used as a ruse and media poster boy to convince the poor and unemployed that new social policies for work and welfare are good, when actually they benefit the rich and not the poor.

The film satirises deceptive political rhetoric used by political figureheads like Raelene to make it seem like the work and policies implemented for the unemployed are more noble, equitable and fair than they really are.


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."


A soundtrack was released, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski. It featured the single Breakin' There's No Stoppin' Us by Ilanda which was used to promote the film.

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[4] and recorded at Subterrane Recording Studio.


  1. "Pull Up to the Bumper" - Deni Hines
  2. "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" - Ilanda & Joanne
  3. "(She's got that) Vibe" - Redzone
  4. "Shine" - Vanessa Amorosi
  5. "Somebody Like You" - Jimmy Christo
  6. "Am I Sexy?" - The Lords of Acid
  7. "You Should Be Dancing" - Blockster
  8. "Born to Be Alive" - Patrick Hernandez
  9. "Love Lies Bleeding" - Sonic Animation
  10. "Bang-A-Boomerang" - The Mavis's
  11. "Love Theme From 'The Wog Boy' " - Cezary Skubiszewski
  12. "Get Tzatziki With It" - Planet J ft Nicky GiO
  13. "Pull Up To The Bumper (Club Mix)" - Deni Hines


A sequel, Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, began production in October 2009 with Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo returning in the cast. The sequel was released in Australia on 20 May 2010.[5]

Box Office[edit]

The Wog Boy grossed $11,449,799 at the box office in Australia.[6]


  1. ^ Speed, Lesley (2005). In Life as a pizza : The comic traditions of wogsploitation films. Australian Teachers of Media - see also Metro Magazine: Media & Education Magazine Vol. 146/147, no. (2005), p. 136-144
  2. ^ Casting light on the dark side of Wog Boy.(Local) The Australian (National, Australia), 2000 March 13, p.006
  3. ^ (2010). In The wog boy. Paramount Pictures [distributor], [Australia] - see also
  4. ^ The Wog Boy Soundtrack
  5. ^ "'Wog Boys' return in Kings of Mykonos". Daily Mercury. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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