Down Under

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Movie Info

In the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, two carloads of hotheads set out to defend their territories.

Cast & Crew

Abe Forsythe
Screenwriter
Greg McLean
Executive Producer
Stuart Quin
Executive Producer
Piers Burbrook de Vere
Original Music
Lachlan Milne
Cinematographer
Drew Thompson
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Stevie Ray
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Critic Reviews for Down Under

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (7)

  • There's plenty of zesty slapstick, along with a relentless torrent of four-letter words in all cases and conjugations.

    August 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Down Under's humour can be a little one note (xenophobic idiot and/or agitated party does something stupid, repeat) but there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments and the cast and crew do a uniformly strong job executing a difficult premise.

    June 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hard to watch at times, that's the point of a comedy trying to expose a thorny topic still dividing Australia, an approach we could use a lot more of.

    August 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With a gut-punch ending that is sure to leave an impression, and a flurry of belly-laugh moments along the way, this movie is a must-see.

    March 13, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Abe Forsythe does a fine job balancing his cast of dim-witted racist caricatures with moments of poignancy and some very well-judged laughs.

    December 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If this film is anything to go by, [Australians] are living with exactly the same racial tensions and dealing with the same level of ignorance as we are. But it's a lot bloody easier to laugh about it when it's 10,000 miles away.

    September 30, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Down Under

  • Apr 02, 2017
    Racial hatred and bigotry down in Australia's most sophisticated center casts shade over the whole country, one would think, but the writer/director here endeavors to put the whole thing under some lighthearted shenanigans of misdirected youth blanket, apologizing for the misogyny. Further, the real bad guy of the film is boorishly gay. I felt as if I were talking to a cracker apologizing for slavery while summing up the legitimacy of the Confederate flag as a symbol of freedom. An opportunity thrown away, and a waste of time.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2016
    At times this works really great as a satire and a topical subject that most people step around. The quick shift in tone in the final third became a little too much and didn't suit the characters. The bloodbath finale came right out of left field and leaves this in a very dark place, the film didn't know its identity. A very funny film and painting ethnic groups true whether it's right or wrong is very funny. Not for the easily offended and worth checking out for a daring subject matter.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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