Newcastle (2008)



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Sibling rivalry stands in the way of a young man's dreams in this coming of age drama from Australia. Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan) is seventeen years old and he's not interested in much besides surfing. Jesse's constant desire to hit the beach is fueled in part by an unhappy home life; his older half-brother Victor (Reshad Strik) used to be a local surfing champ until an injury forced him to put away his board, and now he's spends his days wallowing in cynicism and alcohol, while Jesse's younger … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Castle, Lachlan Buchanan
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Newcastle

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

A glum and slack family drama, Newcastle is punctuated by bright bursts of dreamy surfing images, but not enough to make the film rewarding.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Slightly overlong but visually striking.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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Overall, [Castle] has captured what I remember of the fantasy of the classic Newcastle adolescence -- all day at the beach, string bikinis and juicy blond teenagers.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Top Critic

The drama is a very low-slung affair, with the interconnections between characters poised to supply us with the only reasons to watch, other than the bodies, the landscape and the water.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Cinematographer Richard Michalak's gorgeous water-based action shots guarantee the young target audience will want to head straight out for surf lessons, but there's even less dramatic heft here than in the superior Blue Crush.

July 2, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Newcastle

The boys, fresh from a day at the beach, wanted to watch a surfing film, and I happened to remember that I had 'Newcastle' in my Netflix streaming queue, so we watched it. I thought it was going to be an Aussie jock version of 'Blue Crush', which wouldn't have been so bad, but it was a far better film than that. If you just want eye candy, there's PLENTY of that in this film. If you want a deep meaningful relationship with a film, this one might not quite be it, but it's no teeny-bopper bubblegum flick, either. What it is is a very nicely done coming-of-age-on-an-Australian-beach-in-a-surfer-family pic. Pedestrian, yeah? Right. It has a gay subplot, a love triangle wannabe, and an angst-filled older brother who wasn't QUITE good enough to avoid working the coal docks. As seems to be the wont of good surf movies, the older brother gets angry, tries to be a bully, and ends up killing himself. But in this particular case, you just say to yourself, "Yep". Then you have a sip of your pop and move on. I don't know why I liked it as well as I do other than maybe it IS pretty dead on the money. Sometimes, you just don't really give a flying fuck if the bastard dies - especially if he was a bully. I thought the cast did a great job all around and in that Australian down-to-earth way too, which really appeals to me. And unless you're blind or have recently been castrated, you're going to LOVE the cast of surfers, especially Xavier Samuel. Yes, please, and make mine a double!

Jim Chatman

OK, I did rent this for selfish reason, I will admit that. Saying that..those of you wanting a gay movie or those of you who looked over this thinking it is gay, it is not. There is one gay character and much to be said of how treating others unfairly because of their lifestyle. Enough about that....this was really a suprise for me. Yes, we have seen similar movies dealing with relationships and "breaking out" from current circumstances. This was well made, the acting did seem natural. I guess I was in the mood for a movie such as this....I did cry. And I do have to say, even though he was not the lead character...Hooooray for Fergus!!!

Dave Smith

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