Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose) (1990)
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With its multicultural setting in suburban Melbourne, its contemporary tone and its snappy tone, Death in Brunswick is as fresh today as when it was made, with plenty of chuckles and some laugh-out-loud moments to cherish
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Margaret and David gave this 4.5 stars when it was released in 1990 and Stratton called Sam Neill's performance his best to date ( though it's a bit of a miscast really). This marks the first time I find myself baffled by the expertise of two of my favourite critics but I assume there weren't many indie black comedies going around Australian screens at the time, so fair enough. In fact, some say this was the very first one of them so I guess they had to welcome it! It's really cool to see old Brunswick on the big screen but maybe the novel is better than the film? Initially, it failed to get funding from the big agencies but it ended up clearing over $4M in box office sales. You would have thought this feat would have opened a few doors for more multicultural films since then, right? Oh, wait...
Not bad. Had actually never heard of this before, stumbled on it on tv. I agree with a previous reviewers opinion on the leading guy - definitely doesn't have the screen presence, as do some of the thugs. The character of Sophie is really good, though. I think she kept me watching. Slightly silly plot, but a few laughs and cringes. Glad I saw it.
Great black comedy about the problems of low-life pizza cook Sam Neill after an accident murder. Despite the occasional flash of wit - usually pretty tastless - Neill doesn't have what it takes to hold a comedy together. And sexy Australian-Greek actress Zoe Carides looks really hot as her character in this film.
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