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Toomelah (2011)

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A young boy from a blighted home turns to a life of crime in this gritty drama from Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen. Ten-year-old Daniel (Daniel Connors) was born and raised in Toomelah, an aboriginal community in New South Wales. Daniel's father is an alcoholic and his mother is addicted to drugs; with little guidance from his parents, Daniel's principle role models are the members of a neighborhood gang, who earn respect for their lawless ways. After being expelled from school, Daniel spends most of his time with Linden (Christopher Edwards), a fast-talking gang banger who makes his living dealing drugs. As Daniel becomes the gang's mascot, he's drawn into their daily rounds, and when Bruce (Dean Daley-Jones), the leader of a rival gang, is released from jail, Daniel is given the job of following Bruce and keeping tabs on his activities. However, the rivalry between Linden and Bruce is a bitter one, and when the tensions explode into violence, Daniel is caught in the crossfire. Daniel Connors' performance in Toomelah earned him the award for Best Young Actor at the 2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.

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Sen does not flinch from showing a community plagued by misguided models of masculinity, but offsets this hopelessness with a qualified optimism for a different kind of cultural continuity.

September 11, 2012 | Full Review…

Sen immerses the viewer into the stultifying, bleak life on the mission, in order to bring home the message of the power of self-determination.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Raw in its intimacy and heartbreaking in its clarity, Toomelah continues the strong showing from the new wave of indigenous cinema in Australia.

November 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An unflinching portrait of an Aboriginal boy's options in a small remote community

November 20, 2011 | Full Review…

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