Sunday, May 22, 2011

Movie Moments: #38

Crackerjack (2002)

Bill Hunter, one of Australia’s popular actors, died yesterday of cancer. He was aged 71. Hunter starred in numerous local films - Gallipoli, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia - but my personal favourite is Crackerjack. A very funny Australian movie about a very Australian pastime, lawn bowls, with some very fine Australian actors, including Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, John Clarke and Judith Lucy. Go Oz.

Jack Simpson, a bit of a smartarse, joins a lawn bowls club to be allowed to use a free parking space. When the club enters financial difficulty, Simpson is forced to play lawn bowls with the much older crowd, resulting in some funny moments and self discovery.

(Gwen is an elderly lawn bowler and club member).
Gwen: Swear jar.
Jack: What?
Gwen: It's a jar you put money in if you say ‘fuck’!

The 'Wheel of Cheese' incident actually happened. While the writers were visiting various bowls clubs for inspiration, one of them explained the sordid story of a club investigation into a member using the cheese for a sandwich instead of the regulation cheese and biscuits.

Bill Hunter standing in front of his portrait by Jason Benjamin for the 2005 Archibald. It won the Packing Room prize. 

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