|Thu, 26th Jan:||4:30pm|
Rating: M (Medium Level Coarse Language)
Cast: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Anthony Simcoe.
Director: Rob Sitch
Writers: Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch, Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro
Rob Sitch's the Castle opens to a humble enough premise: through the laconic and amicable narration of Dale Kerrigan (Stephen Curry), we are introduced to his quirky Lower-middle class family who reside in the outer suburbs of Melbourne by Tullamarine Airport. At the helm of the family is father Darryl Kerrigan, a confident and outspoken tow-truck driver who could not be more proud and thankful for his family, never failing to shower them with praise and affection even for their only modest achievements. As he looks out at the tall, proud powerlines over his dilapidated house and opens his ears to the symphony of aeroplanes flying just barely overhead, he often thinks to himself that he must be the luckiest man in the world. And he just might be, until tragedy strikes his family and neighbourhood when government officials forcibly ask them to sell their property in order to make way for an expansion of the Airport. Sticking true to his belief that a man's home is his castle, Darryl enlist the help of a local friend and lawyer Dennis Denuto to face the government and reclaim what it his.
Director Rob Sitch proves himself as a true 'ideas man' and shows us how small production values can be writ large, creating a film that has a special place in every Australian's 'pool room'. It just goes to show that it is not high production values, glitz and glamour that make a film great, but in the wise words of Darryl Kerrigan, it is "what you do with it".
Praised for its ingeniously deadpan screenplay and sincerely intimate depiction of Australian suburban family life, the Castle is a monument in Australia's Filmic History. A 2010 Survey in the Sydney Morning Herald found that 37 per cent of Australian's believe that The Castle is most stirring depiction of Australian identity on screen. Social Commentator Bernard Salt describes it's amicable, infectious appeal as: "The story of a happy-go-lucky battler coming up trumps against the odds - that is the story that appeals to Australians".
"If someone claims there was ever a better Australian comedy made, tell him he's dreaming"
– Sun Staff.
"A wonderful, fun film, complete with an unlikely hero willing to take on the world."
– Thom Bennet, Film Journal Internationale
"The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch, is one of those comic treasures like "The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine that shows its characters in the full bloom of glorious eccentricity."
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times