Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review: Mad Bastards

Mad Bastards
Dir. Brendan Fletcher
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 95mins

Another entry in the increasingly common arena of films about Indigenous Australians, Mad Bastards is a solid examination of the lives of some modern day Aborigines. It effectively portrays the good, the bad and the ugly, but never succumbs to numbing miserabilism like the works of Ana Kokkinos or the upcoming Snowtown. Many will want to compare it to Samson & Delilah, a work of cinema that will cast a towering shadow for many years to come, and while it doesn’t reach the soaring heights of that Cannes-winning title, it’s a powerful movie in its own right.

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