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Probably the most realistic film ever made


This film is so realistic,
every character reminds you of someone you have met, which makes this film easy to relate to.
Good underrated film, Very Australian-Aussies dont sound like that these days.
Kinda like Puberty Blues, but with less story.
Worth watching for fans of Australian Cinema.

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This story and setting is pretty close to what life was like for a lot of Teenage Westies in the late 1970's.
I grew up about 5 miles from the location of this movie, and I was about 16yo when the movie came out, at the time I did not think the movie was real good or had any real significance. However, now it is a classic snap shot of an era.

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I agree. I knew this guy in WA who looked just like Kevin - same hair, same face, dress sense. He drove his beloved Holden panelvan and would come and go at all times of day and live an easy life of worrying his parents every night.

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A snapshot of an era is exactly what this film is, and I imagine this fact would have made it quite uninspiring and perhaps even pointless viewing at the time.

I grew up about 10 minutes' drive from Bankstown Square, and was 8 years old when F.J. Holden was made but can remember the Square and surrounds vividly, just as they appear in the film. I feel very lucky to be able to step back in time occasionally, and see 1970s Bankstown from an older perspective to that which I experienced in reality.

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Friends at Revesby Heights lived next door to a house where they were doing some filming. The girls came to the front door looking for needles and thread to fix their clothes during filming. His parents went to see the movie when it came out and were totally shocked at the subject matter and walked out. lol

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