Date November 21st, 2019
Name The Merger (AUS 2018, 103 min.)
Director: Mark Grentell
Cast: Damian Callinah, John Howard, Kate Mulvany a.o.
English with English subtitles
Entry, bar open: 19.15 h
Film starts: 20.00 h
The township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: the population is dwindling and jobs are scarce. The next victim of the town’s decline is the cash strapped Aussie Rules footy club. Having fallen out with the community over leading protests that led to the closure of the local timber mill, Troy is living a hermit like existence on the towns edge. However, he is persuaded into coaching the local football team. Teaming up with Angie, who is running a nearby refugee support centre, they conspire to recruit refugees to save the team.
As Australian as a hot meat pie or a pair of well-worn thongs, The Merger is an Aussie production through and through, but one with a heart and message that will resonate with viewers of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, making this local tale a genuine winner.