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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Combination
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'Young Lebanese Australian John (George Basha) comes home from jail to live with his widowed mother (Doris Younane) and wild younger brother Charlie (Firass Dirani), who is still at school.

'Having learned his lesson the hard way, he struggles to stop Charlie from making the mistakes that he made. When he finds out Charlie has become involved in drug dealing, he intervenes, inadvertently putting the family in peril.

'Meanwhile John finds that assimilating into white Australian society is less than straightforward when he starts dating a young Caucasian woman called Sydney (Clare Bowen), whose parents are against her seeing a man from his ethnic background.'

Source: Australian Screen. (Sighted: 29/8/2013)

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Works about this Work

Mama's Boy Daniel Nour , 2020 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 79 no. 2 2020; (p. 157-161)
'I was seven and had just finished swimming practice at Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre. There I stood in the shower rooms—brown, nervous at the sight of so much white flesh, and very embarrassed.' (Introduction)
Reel Bad Lebs Michael Mohammed Ahmad , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 5 December no. 94 2019;
'Up until I was nine years old, my favourite film was Blood Sport. Frank Dux, who was played by Van Damme in the prime of his career, competed against the world’s best fighters in the underground martial arts tournament called the Kumite. Early in the film, a brown-skinned man in a traditional Saudi headdress named Hossein tries to force the white female lead, Janice, upstairs to his hotel room for an ‘interview’. When she refuses, Hossein raises his open hand to slap her. Fortunately, Frank Dux intervenes, grabbing Hossein’s arm and winning a bet against him, which spares the blonde-haired damsel from imminent physical and sexual assault. As a result, Frank gets the girl the consensual way – they take a friendly walk, making fun of Hossein as they meander, they have a romantic dinner and then they head back to Frank’s hotel room for a wholesome night of procreation.' (Introduction)
Wogs Laughing - All the Way to the Bank Jordan Baker , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 31 January 2016; (p. 28)
The 100 Best Australian Films of the New Millenium Erin Free , Dov Kornits , Travis Johnson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 September 2016;
Controversy Corner : The Combination (2009) Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 14 August 2016;
Fresh Look at Boys and Bigots in Battle Sandra Hall , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 February 2009; (p. 17)

— Review of The Combination George Basha , 2009 single work film/TV
Stuck in Our Divided Suburbs David Stratton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 February - 1 March 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Combination George Basha , 2009 single work film/TV
Film Pulled as Audience Starts Fight Caroline Overington , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 March 2009; (p. 5)

— Review of The Combination George Basha , 2009 single work film/TV
The Combination Pulled from Screens After Violence Heather Tyler , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 5 March vol. 8 no. 172 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of The Combination George Basha , 2009 single work film/TV
Lebanese Story Mark Whittaker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 November 2008; (p. 26-28, 30)
How the West Was Won Over : Gang Drama Comes Out Firing Sacha Molitorisz , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 February - 1 March 2009; (p. 21)
Australian Brawl Sacha Molitorisz , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 February 2009; (p. 4-5)
Life Imitating Street-Survival Art Sacha Molitorisz , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 March 2009; (p. 3)
Sacha Molitorisz reports on the withdrawl, and later reinstatment, of The Combination from screens in western Sydney following some violent incidents at Greater Union cinemas.
Combination's Second Run Matthew Clayfield , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 March 2009; (p. 10)

Awards

2009 nominated AWGIE Awards Film Award Feature Film Original
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