Subdivision

2009

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 5.4 10 106

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Bruce Spence as Singlet
Steve Bisley as Harry
Kathryn Beck as Dale Kelly
Gary Sweet as Digger Kelly
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1 hr 34 min
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1 hr 34 min
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Reviewed by gregking4 3 / 10

ultimately something of a disappointment

Subdivision is a rather disappointing local comedy/drama set in the tranquil town of Hervey Bay on the Queensland coast which is experiencing fast residential growth.

Digger Kelly (Gary Sweet) is the local builder who has run the family business for many years. He is a respected part of the tight knit local community, even training the rugby team. But a large property developer from Melbourne is moving into the town intent on creating large residential subdivisions. Digger is an old fashioned builder, stuck in his ways, and his small operation cannot hope to compete. When his son Jack (radio personality and actor Ashley Bradnam, who also co-wrote the script) sets out to create his own business and work with the developer it creates family tensions. Digger and his crew have relied on local property developer Harry (Steve Bisley) for business, but when his company goes bankrupt the town itself is thrown into turmoil.

The film deals with themes like family, mateship, loyalty, tradition, and the fragile sense of belonging to a community, and its main characters are blue-collar battlers and larrikins. Subdivision is the first feature written by Bradnam (whose previous effort was the six minute short film Whaleboat), his mother Janice Bradnam and Terry McCann, and is based on their own personal experiences of the building trade during tough financial times.

There are some good ideas here, but the script needed tightening up as it is full of meandering subplots that do not always add to the central drama. The script is flabby, lacks a clear structure - it is awkwardly plotted, many of the subplots do not go anywhere, and some of the characters remain sketchy and under-developed. This is yet another example of a promising local production that is rushed into filming before the script has been properly developed and polished.

The director is Sue Brooks, who has previously given us Japanese Story and Road To Nihill. As she was brought aboard as a gun to help oversee the film through to completion, she lacks the same personal connection to the story, and consequently Subdivision lacks the gritty edge that Brooks brought to her earlier films.

Brooks has assembled a stellar local cast that includes veteran Bruce Spence as the typically ocker Singlet, veteran Steve Bisley, Luke Carroll, and Denise Roberts. Bradnam has a likable personality and is good in his biggest role to date as Jack, who is a rather unlikeable character – self-centred, selfish, and hot headed. Sweet is suitably gruff and makes the most of a fairly thankless role, while Kris McQuade is good as his wife.

The film trades on that old fashioned, typically Australian sense of humour for some laughs, and there is plenty of heart to its depiction of a small community in crisis. The film was shot on location in Hervey Bay itself, and John Stokes's widescreen cinematography is superb and adds authenticity to the setting. While local audiences will recognise the characters and much of the down to earth humour here, Subdivision makes for a tough sell to international audiences. Subdivision had potential to be another charmer in a similar vein to The castle, but is ultimately something of a disappointment.

Reviewed by bassrourke 6 / 10

OK Aussie slice of life comedy

May I suggest you see this movie with an open mind and few expectations. In a genre lacking lately for home grown big screen product, Subdivision try's hard to be amusing in every sense of the word. The family bond and power of friendships are observed in a small community, a matter of heart Australian style. Based around a building work site in sunny North Queensland, it's all about the life, loves and shenanigans of the working class man. A little bit of home truths are thrown in for good measure which is appropriate for the current economic climate. There is the great sport of rugby league featured too, which is a rarity in movies indeed. Young Ashley Bradham wrote the screenplay, with his mother, off personal experiences, he also stars and has a good presence about him. Veteran Gary Sweet is good as Digger, old school hard nut builder who really needs to lighten up before a sooner rather than later mid-life crisis. The one and only Bruce Spence (Matrix, Stork) is underused but has fun opposite equally funny Steve Bisley. The amazing Brooke Satchwell rounds out the likable cast and I don't just mean looking gorgeous in a pair of short shorts. As the love interest and big city developer, she has adds much needed pizazz. Funny at times, enjoyable but not memorable, a good debut from star in the making, Ash Bradham.

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