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Home is where the heart is in The Castle, a rousing Australian comedy that gives audiences an endearing family to root for. Read critic reviews

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The quirky Kerrigan family lives together in a makeshift home they built themselves -- with great pride and a bizarre attention to detail -- a few yards from the edge of Melbourne, Australia's busy Tullamarine Airport. When a building inspector condemns the building and reveals that the government plans to use their land for an airport expansion, Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) and his brood recruit hack attorney Dennis Denuto (Tiriel Mora) and prepare themselves for the fight of their lives.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caton
Darryl Kerrigan
Anne Tenney
Sal Kerrigan
Stephen Curry
Dale Kerrigan
Sophie Lee
Tracy Kerrigan
Anthony Simcoe
Steve Kerrigan
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
Lawrence Hammill
Tiriel Mora
Dennis Denuto
Bryan Dawe
Ron Graham
Eric Bana
Con Petropoulous
Robyn Nevin
Federal Court Judge
Rob Sitch
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Michael Hirsh
Executive Producer
Edmund Choi
Original Music
Craig Harnath
Original Music
Miriana Marusic
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Critic Reviews for The Castle

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  • Apr 04, 2019
    The Castle is one of those great indie Australian films that don't attempt to reinvent the wheel. The camera movements are basic and the key focus is the humour and characters. Michael Caton is the key here and he embellishes each scene with his presence. The humour is very Australian and others will struggle with the dry wit. This is one of the better comedies that we have produced in the last twenty years and it's the filmmaker and writers who accomplish this. Great film and one of the best Australian comedies out there. 04/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2017
    Played less for laughs than for smiles, an imperfect family housed in an imperfect place (the end of the Melbourne Airport's runway!) finds itself pitted against a goliath when the airport needs to expand. Can the little guys win against the system? An amusing tale because the imperfections are lovingly embraced rather than judged. One from Down Under, mate! Oy!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2013
    Quite a good film, though one that, by the end, is probably too sentimental, and sometimes too idealistic, for its own good. But overall I think the film does mean well and, for the most part, is it the right amount of wit and sweetness. In some ways, at least in how the jokes are presented and not necessarily the style or execution, remind me of Arrested Development and its use of running jokes. There are some jokes that are repeated here and there but it doesn't come as laziness, it's just a character trait and I thought it led to some very funny moments in the film. I wouldn't say the film is 'tears rolling down your face' funny but it is consistently funny and that's a more than I can say for a lot of movies. It also has a really good cast headed by an immensely likable Michael Caton. To be honest, this man is adorable. Perhaps not the most complex of characters, though his motivations for refusing to give up his home without a fight are certainly the most complex part of his character and how important this really is to him, but the way he looks at everything, and I do mean everything, in the most positive manner possible makes it really hard not to root for the guy. And somehow his positivity doesn't make him come across as naive, which it often does. It, again, makes the guy very likable and easy to get into his character and his motivations. This is light, but clever, fun. It's not something you'll remember for the rest of your life but it did entertain me a lot for its short running length.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2009
    possibly the greatest aussie film ever, the castle is inspired. film in a crazy 14 days, the castle has stood the test of time and is responsible for some of the great aussie catch phrases used today.
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