Mad Bastards

2011

Mad Bastards (2011)

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Three generations of men struggle to deal with the violent impulses that have scarred their lives in this drama from director Brendan Fletcher. TJ (Dean Daley-Jones) is a mountain of a man of Aborigine heritage living in Western Australia. TJ has a weakness for alcohol and a habit of getting into fights; years ago, he abandoned his wife and son, and as time passes his conscience tells him it's time he began facing up to his responsibilities as a father. As it happens, TJ's son Bullet (Lucas Yeeda) is nearly as troubled as he is; at the age of thirteen, he's already in trouble with the law for burning down a house and doing time in a juvenile detention home. Bullet isn't eager to get reacquainted with TJ, but both realize they need to settle their scores with one another, and TJ's father Texas (Greg Tait), who has come to understand his own demons and become a peace officer, steps in to help. Mad Bastards was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

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There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

Feb 8, 2011 | Full Review…

There's no denying the film has real heart, buoyed by surprisingly strong performances from a mostly inexperienced cast who drew on their own lives in creating their characters.

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

Jul 12, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

May 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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