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form y The Castle single work   film/TV   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 The Castle
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The Kerrigan family's home is situated right beside one of Melbourne's airports, but they don't mind. In fact, they love living there. When the government and airport authorities announce that they are buying up all the properties in the neighbourhood in order to make way for airport extensions, Darryl decides to defend his right to live in his beloved home. The Castle is the story of how they take on the authorities, all the way to the High Court.

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Straight to the Pool Room: Top 10 Films about the Australian Dream Luke Buckmaster , single work column
Straight to the Pool Room : Top 10 Films about the Australian Dream Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 25 April 2016;
'The housing market may not sound like the most stimulating territory for a story, but it has been the basis of some of Australia’s greatest films'
Great Australian Directorial Debuts Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 14 March 2016;
The Bogan Aesthetic Simon Caterson , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , no. 139 2014; (p. 9-15)
'Australian society has never been more diverse, intricate and sophisticated than it is right now. But, as Simon Caterson writes, never have we been more bogan.' (9)
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Coming from the City in the Castle, Vacant Possession, Strange Planet and Radiance Felicity Collins , Therese Davis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Cinema after Mabo 2004; (p. 112-130)
In this chapter, Collins and Davis analyse how emergent themes within contemporary Australian cultural studies, repudiate 'the 19th century bush as the template for a British-derived national identity, turning instead to the cosmopolitan city , the multi-cultural suburbs, and the hedonistic holiday coast as templates for the a dynamic, post-national, post-multi-cultural identity in the 21st century.' The authors argue that 'the problem of belonging and of being at home in Australia is evident in the afterwardness of the history wars that followed the Mabo decision.' Source : Australian Cinema after Mabo (2004).
y 'The Castle' Brett Beckingham , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2000 Z1699065 2000 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into The Castle (1997). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
Battlers Take Top Spot in Movie Poll Rosemary Lentini , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2010; (p. 13)
Favourite Movie Character Gong Going Straight to the Pool Room Isabel Hayes , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 October 2010; (p. 3)
Isabel Hayes reports on an Australian survey in which 37 per cent of respondents chose The Castle's Darryl Kerrigan as the film character most representative of the Australian character.
Nostalgia Unbound : Illegibility and the Synthetic Excess of Place Fiona Allon , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 14 no. 3 2000; (p. 275-287)


1997 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
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