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Footy film makes a point in The Merger

4 Stars


Tracey Fox


I admit I do have a soft spot for a good Aussie film, and I like to get behind the industry.

So I am pleased to be able to comment on another excellent offering from one of our own.

Damian Callinan wrote and stars in The Merger, a sporting comedy with bags of character.

He plays Troy Carrington, ex-star local football player for a small country town called Bodgy Creek.

Back in his heyday he not only kicked goals but was also the local greenie who managed to get the town’s mill closed down, earning him the title Town Killer.

Flash forward to today and he is happily making his own wine in the back yard while the local footy team is looking to be dismantled due to lack of membership and dodgy asbestos in the club house.

With the choice of closure or merging with the a rival town looming over them, Troy comes up with the brilliant idea that they can get government assistance if they employ local refugees to help rebuild the club house and join the team.

Of course, this is where the town becomes divided.

Many of the older folk are a bit stuck in their ways, and well, let’s face it, just a tad racist, and trying to convince the unwanted refugees to sign up proves to be a heavy task.

But somehow along the way people get their lessons learned and it all ends well.

This is a special film; it has a lot of heart, a great big dollop of ocker-isms and a small boy with a foul mouth who absolutely steals the show.

It may be a story that centres around football, but there is so much more to enjoy.

It speaks to our current climate of casual racism, and the problems immigrants and refugees face in a new land.

But it also touches on the theme of loss, and loss is a universal language that everyone understands and can relate to.

Not one for the kiddies, as there are far too many expletives for tender ears, but then again, you probably hear just as many naughty words walking through the shopping centre these days, and from all walks of life.

I think all Australians should get around this movie, all Aussies, of all colour and creed.

For at the end of the day we are all Aussies, no matter where we came from, we are all here now and it’s time we just learned to get along, and maybe kick a footy around together.

About Tracey Fox

For the past nine years Tracey has been the smiling face at reception. She takes care of the classifieds and trades and services sections for the paper but she is also our reviewer. For the past eight years her movies, books, theatre and food reviews have entertained our readers. She loves the fact the Echo is a small paper and its staff have a genuine interest in local issues because they are locals. Tracey says it is great working at a paper she wants to read.

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