Satellite Boy Sunday, 29 March 2020

Satellite Boy

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A country feel.

  • Starring:

    Cameron Wallaby, David Gulpilil, Joseph Pedley, Rohanna Angus, Dean Daley-Jones

  • Directed by:

    Catriona McKenzie

  • Running time:

    86 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Boys throw Molotov Cocktails; explosion. A handgun is pointed in threat; gunshot. Shoplifting, stealing. An object is burned. Malicious damaged, public nuisance mentioned. Broken glass. Blood/gore: Swollen, broken feet. Missing finger.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, p*ss, balls, bloody. Ethnic, cultural stereotyping. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Aboriginal culture, walkabout, grandfather-grandson relationships, living off the land, survival, eviction, ingenuity, spirituality, respect, traditional versus contemporary, mining, ceremony, coming-of-age, story-telling, mythology, juvenile delinquency.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged mother. Lizards (dead and alive), ants, buzzing insects, flies, green tree frog, dogs. Campfires, full moon, urination. Aboriginal language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Stunning visuals, earnest performances. Newcomer Cameron Wallaby is a joy to watch. Charming, subtle, mostly engaging, likeable, insightful.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Disjointed score, familiar tale. Slow-paced, lacks tension.

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