'Tanya Rammus (Rachel Griffiths) moves back to Melbourne with her daughter Amy (Alana De Roma) after a scrape with child welfare workers in the bush. Amy, aged eight, has become deaf and dumb since witnessing the death of her rock star father Will (Nick Barker) on stage, three years earlier. Tanya refuses to send her to a school for kids with disabilities, because her condition isn’t physical. In Melbourne, they rent a house in a down-at-heel street that’s full of misfits and oddballs: an old woman who hoses the footpath continuously (Mary Ward), a kid who collects hubcaps (Jeremy Trigatti), and an angry musician called Robert (Ben Mendelsohn). His guitar playing attracts Amy, but Tanya refuses to believe Robert when he tells her that Amy can hear singing, and sing herself. After Tanya hears Amy sing, she sends her to counselling with a child psychologist (Frank Gallacher). Tanya gets a job as a waitress and she warms to Robert. Things are looking up, until Amy runs away from an encounter with a drunken neighbour (William Zappa). She wanders alone in the city, as neighbours and police begin a massive (and musical) search.'
'When 18-year-old Danny Clark asks the beautiful Joanna Johnson out on a date, he tells her he owns a Jaguar car, a car he certainly doesn't have, and a car he feels he now must buy to 'prove he isn't lying'. But Danny is ripped-off by an unscrupulous used-car salesman, and when normal avenues of recourse fail, Danny and his mates take revenge on the car yard.'
When shy mechanical genius Malcolm is sacked from the Metropolitan Transit Authority for building his own tram during work hours, he takes in boarders: ex-con Frank and Frank's girlfriend Judith. The trio soon put their specific skills to use in a succession of daring (and variously successful ) robberies.