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Summary: Two warring sheep farmer brothers must decide whether they want to work together or not when a severe virus threatens both their flocks.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 29th October 2020 (Australia), 5th February 2020 (UK), 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Jeremy Sims

Screenwriter: Jules Duncan, Grimur Hakonarson (based on a film by)

Cast: Wayne Blair (Lionel), Michael Caton (Les), Leon Ford (De Vries), Asher Keddie (Angela), Hayley McElhinney (May), Travis McMahon (Fergo), Will McNeil (Jackson), Sam Neil (Colin), Miranda Richardson (Kat), Kipan Rothbury (Frenchie), Asher Yasbinek (Sally)

Running Time: 115 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


David Griffiths’ Rams Review:

There was a period of time in Australian cinema where the funding bodies decided that the way forward was for Australian film-makers to make outrageous comedies. If you discussed the idea with them it would always come back to them talking about films like The Castle. The thing they seemed to miss though was that The Castle was a very different film to something like You And Your Stupid Mate.

While the latter was idiotic to the point of stupidity The Caste mixed comedy and drama and above all had heart. If you look at the comedies that Australians have loved over the years, films like Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert, they are all movies that have heart as their major ingredient.

Somewhere along the line it feels like somebody has listened because it clearly looks like Rams will be Australia’s highest grossing local product of 2020 and having viewed the film I can say that it uses The Castle recipe to a tee. It is a film that a majority of Australians can relate to and it does indeed have heart.

A localised remake of a Scandinavian film Rams is set in a remote Western Australian town that is known for its unique bloodline of award-winning sheep. While many of the town’s local farmers, such as the determined Angela (Ahser Keddie – X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and the kind-hearted Lionel (Wayne Blair – The Sapphires) try their best to win awards for their flocks the prizes normally go to brothers Colin (Sam Neil – Jurassic Park) and Les (Michael Caton – Last Cab To Darwin).

However the relationship between the two brothers is not as it should be. They haven’t spoken to each other for decades, despite the fact they share the same farm and dog, and go out of their way to avoid each other. That war though becomes tested after local vet Kat (Miranda Richardson – The Crying Game) detects a rare disease in the sheep that leads to them having to be destroyed.

With the Government moving in and the town and its major industry on its knees Colin and Les might have to find a way to overcome their anger towards each other to ensure that their farm survives.

Despite its Scandinavian heritage there is something uniquely Australian with director Jeremy Sims’ (Beneath Hill 60) version of the film. Aided by first time feature screenwriter Jules Duncan’s screenplay the film explores the trials and tribulations of a country community in such way that as audience member I found myself laughing at one moment and close to tears the next. That screenplay gives city folk an inside look at how devastating an event like this can be on a country town in a way that we rarely get to see on the screen.

While the film does try to infuse some storylines into the film for the periphery characters the main interest here lies in the relationship between Colin and Les and the betrayal Colin feels when Kat reports the outbreak to the Government. The tension generated between those relationships carry the film along in such a way that you never lose interest in it.

Enhancing the film even further are the performances of Neil and Caton. Caton is in award winning form as he portrays the emotionally broken and alcoholic Les, while Sam Neil is at his best portraying a character that is a mess of emotion throughout the film… not that he would ever show that publicly.

Rams is easily one of the best film of 2020. It has emotion, it has heart and knows the perfect time to replace its humour with touching dramatic scenes. Jeremy Sims has just released a film that is destined to become an Aussie favourite alongside Babe and The Castle.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

RAMS is directed by Jeremy Sims and stars Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Miranda Richardson, Asher Keddie and Wayne Blair.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at  new release films ‘Last Cab To Darwin,’ ‘Trainwreck,’ ‘The Blue Room,‘  and ‘Fantastic Four.’ This episode also contains interviews with Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Jeremy Sims and Bo Keister (Hillbilly Horror Show).

Also make sure you listen this week to see how you can win a double pass to see new Australian film Last Cab To Darwin thanks to our good friends at Icon. Two lucky listeners will also win a limited edition Last Cab To Darwin tea-towel.

And while you are in a winning mood make sure you listen to this week’s show to hear how you can win a copy of ’71 starring Jack O’Connell on DVD thanks to our friends at eOne.

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Ruben Guthrie


On the outside it looks like Ruben Guthrie (Patrick Brammall) has it all made. After just picking up another major Advertising Award he returns home to Sydney to have a house party to celebrate. But when his swimsuit model girlfriend Zoya (Abbey Lee) watches him once again take the regular trek of getting drunk before injuring himself while jumping off the roof of his mansion into a pool his life comes crashing down.

Horrified at the near miss Zoya sets him an ultimatum. She heads back overseas and tells him not to come and find her until he has gone twelve months sober. Ruben thinks it will be easy and while he is at first reluctant to join an Alcoholic Anonymous group he soon finds one that has him opening up as he gets closer to the very hippy-like Virginia (Harriet Dyer).

But while Ruben starts feeling really good he soon finds those around him disagree. Soon his parents Peter (Jack Thompson), Susan (Robyn Nevin) and his best friend Damian (Alex Dimitriades) are always trying to get him to drink, as is his boss (Jeremy Sims) who feels that his sobriety has taken away his edge.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th July 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Brendan Cowell

Screenwriter: Brendan Cowell

Cast: Natasha Beaumont (Sheridan), Blazey Best (Janelle), Patrick Brammall (Ruben Guthrie), Yvonne Cowell (Vonny), Alex Dimitriades (Damian), Harriet Dyer (Virginia), Leon Ford (Dimitri), Katie Gavin (Laura), Michael Lahoud (Jeremy), Abby Lee (Zoya), Francis Mossman (Lorenzo Oil), Robyn Neven (Susan), Elly Oh (Sun Ye), Jeremy Sims (Ray), Billy Thompson (Harry), Jack Thompson (Peter), Brenton Thwaites (Chet)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification: M




David Griffiths:

There is nothing quite as disappointing as a film that has so much potential but then fails at the last few hurdles – sadly that also the best way to describe new Australian film Ruben Guthrie. The film comes from a brilliant stable, based on a well received theatre play from one of Australia’s top writers and actors Brendan Cowell so therefore it is completely head scratching at why the film leaves itself open to so much criticism.

Having said that though Ruben Guthrie is not the complete mess that many critics would have you believe, misguided perhaps, but a mess… no way. To its credit Ruben Guthrie is nowhere near as bad as what its trailer makes it look and there are more than enough times throughout the film that it manages to win you over. There are some deeply touching scenes as the audience watches a man try to overcome his inner demons while his family and friends don’t seem to want to allow him to heal. Then there is also the fantastic soundtrack put together by Sarah Blasko that is so haunting it brings back flashes off the fantastic Somersault soundtrack from all those years ago.

But for every good thing about Ruben Guthrie something ugly raises its head. Stupid little questions like why does a raging alcoholic keep a well stocked bar going while he is trying to give up alcohol? They may seem small but they are the kinds of things that can really make a film like this seem less believable. Then there are the walking clichés. As if Jeremy Sims’ portrayal of an advertising executive isn’t cringe worthy enough then there is the over-the-top portrayal of a gay character, a shame when Alex Dimitriades has played such a realistic gay character in the amazing film Head On a few years ago. Sadly for Dimitriades here it is sad to take his character seriously because of the bad directing and screenwriting, it may have been supposed to make him look like a bully boy that the audience hated but the result is such a clichéd mincy character that most of the times the audience finds themselves laughing at him instead of hating him.

It seems such a shame that the film has problems like that when Cowell (who also directs here) manages to overcome the biggest problem of all – and that is to get the audience on side with Ruben Guthrie. At the start of this film he is a despicable character. He is a complete prick and you wonder how on Earth there will ever be a time when you find yourself barracking for him. But somehow Cowell manages to overcome that problem, and even when Ruben is starting a relationship with Virginia despite his promise to Zoya you can’t help but once again want to see him succeed. Yes this is a very schizophrenic script with its massive amount of ups and downs.

If nothing else Ruben Guthrie does set the path for young actor Patrick Brammall to really make a name for himself. The youngster has really crafted a way for himself with some great performances on television in shows like Glitch and Upper Middle Bogan etc, but here he manages to find just the right mix of dramatic and comedic acting to suggest that he may become the next Australian export overseas. Star-on-the-rise Brenton Thwaites is massively under-used however a newly found talent is discovered with Harriet Dyer who manages to steal the scene on a number of occasions. Aussie acting legends Jack Thompson and Robyn Nevin also just breeze through the roles providing a couple of laughs along the way.

Sadly Ruben Guthrie isn’t nearly as strong as it should have been. The screenplay raises too many questions for the audience to talk about once they leave the cinema and you really feel that the film doesn’t explore the notion of Australian culture and alcoholism to the full extent it should have been. Not a complete waste of time but could have been a lot better.






Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Ruben Guthrie review on www.filmreviews.net.au






Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick’s full Ruben Guthrie review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #138





Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)


IMDB Rating: Ruben Guthrie (2015) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Ruben Guthrie reviews: You can listen to our Ruben Guthrie review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #138. You can also read our Ruben Guthrie review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt


FeatureLast Train To Freo

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings and Perth produced Last Train To Freo will headline the next event on Tuesday 30 June.

Last Train To Freo is set entirely inside a Perth train carriage and told in real time. The debut feature film for local Director, Jeremy Sims, it was written by another Perth local, Reg Cribb. The pair have since worked together on another feature Last Cab To Darwin which will have its WA premiere at Revelation in July.

”Last Train to Freo was an exercise in minimalism for me,” says Jeremy Sims, “We really pushed our imaginations making it, and I worked with many people I am still working with today.  I think Steve’s performance is extraordinary, and I still get a kick from watching it.

Jeremy Sims will personally present the film at Australian Revelations, offering film lovers and local filmmakers the chance to discuss the realities of filmmaking with the Director.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences.

Australian Revelations will screen at the new The Backlot Perth facility in West Perth and tickets are available via trybooking.com at http://www.trybooking.com/HXGQ

Revelation Film Festival
In what has been seen as a bleak time for Australian Cinema, Revelation Perth International Film Festival is leading the charge to demonstrate that a change is afoot.Opening the 18th Revelation Film Festival in 2015 will be Last Cab To Darwin, an extraordinary film of depth and perception. Directed by Jeremy Sims and featuring a high calibre cast including Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, Last Cab To Darwin is another example of the incredible talent that exists in the local industry.

Also surfing this current revival are a number of other Australian films and co-productions, many of which will have their Australian premiere at Revelation.  Titles such as Plague, Vixen Velvet, Cambodian Space Project, What Lola Wants and Gameloading showcase the diversity of Australian cinema.

The Revelation program will also include two features that have been produced in WA; a snapshot of Perth’s cultural life in Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll and the quirky Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites which was partially shot in Kambalda. Two more films, the documentary Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay and feature narrative Echoes of War were also directed by Australians.

“It’s the renaissance we didn’t know we were having,” says Revelation Festival Director Richard Sowada, “Combine these high-quality – and in most part undistributed – films with the fantastic shorts and you’d got a more than viable industry on its own terms. That’s a real achievement.”

Revelation Film Festival will also run a number of workshops for both aspiring and established filmmakers including a three day digital filmmaking class with Craig Deeker and an acting masterclass with Steve Bisley.

Revelation’s full program will be released on 6 June. The festival runs 2-12 July.

Last Cab To Darwin

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce that the official world premiere of the new Australian feature, LAST CAB TO DARWIN will be held at Sydney’s State Theatre on Saturday June 6, 2015.

The Sydney Film Festival today announced the inclusion of LAST CAB TO DARWIN in its 2015 programme and the first festival screening of the film will also be the premiere event ahead of its release in cinemas across Australia on August 6.

Cast and crew from the film will be in attendance to walk the red carpet and witness the audience falling in love with the film first hand.

Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60 and Last Train to Freo) skilfully directs Australian acting legends, Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver against the backdrop of the stunning Australian outback.  Sims began working on the project with co-writer, Reg Cribb over 10 years ago and commented about this labour of love.

“I’m so proud of this film. After 3000 kms, 18 flat tyres, three bogged vans on the Oodnadatta Track and 4 billion flies; with the help of entire communities at Oodnadatta and Daly waters, an indomitable crew, brave and supportive investors and our brilliant cast, we have made what I hope is a truly ‘Australian’ film, with a big heart and a bigger story to tell. Caton is of course the centre of it all, and I hope people give themselves the chance to watch a true legend of Australian screen give the performance of his career…”

With so many iconic characters already to his name (Uncle Harry in TV’s The Sullivans, Ted Taylor in TV’s Packed To The Rafters, and of course, Daryl Kerrigan in The Castle) Michael Caton gives the performance of a lifetime in LAST CAB TO DARWIN.  Caton is Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver who, when told he doesn’t have long to live, sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.   Along the way he is forced to expand his once limited horizons and open himself up to new people and new experiences; teaching us all that it’s never too late to start living.

In her first Australian feature film performance since the meteoric international rise that has included two Academy Award® nominations and back to back Hollywood projects; Jacki Weaver appears as audiences have never seen her before.  As the controversial Dr Farmer, she provides a multi-layered portrayal of a doctor struggling between her ability to help one patient or the many more to follow.

In fact, Michael Caton’s tour de force portrayal is in great company with so many standout turns from the cast, including up and coming actor, Mark Coles Smith (Beneath Hill 60 and TV’s The Gods of Wheat Street) who plays incorrigible larrikin, Tilly.  Coles Smith’s enigmatic Tilly wheedles his way into Rex’s cab and inevitably into his life, guiding him along his journey through the heart of the country and providing his unique perspective on life as an Indigenous Australian living in outback communities.  This breakout performance will see Coles Smith feature on many one-to-watch lists.

Australian-born actress, Emma Hamilton who plays British backpacker Julie has built a career in the UK including TV’s The Tudors.  Another standout, she not only nails the accent, but gives Julie both the no-nonsense attitude of a seasoned nurse and the tender understanding of a natural healer.

As Rex heads off on his Darwin-bound adventure, he leaves behind his neighbour and sometime lover, Polly.  In yet another dynamic portrayal, Ningali Lawford-Wolf brings Polly’s strength and vulnerability to life in a combination of comic timing and chutzpah.  In addition to her work on screen in Rabbit Proof Fence and Bran Nue Dae, Ningali was also recognised for her services to Indigenous performing arts with the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.

Also waiting back at the pub in Broken Hill are Rex’s mates played by Australian acting stalwarts, John Howard, Alan Dukes and David Field.  Other highly familiar faces rounding out the support cast include Brendan Cowell, Leah Purcell and Jeremy Cumpston.

Director Sims and Cinematographer Steve Arnold have captured the incredible Australian landscape in all its glory and to the point that it serves much like its own character in the film.  From the desert landscapes to the lush tropical locales, Rex’s journey along the Oodnadatta Track and up through central Australia serves as a love letter to the outback.

As quintessentially Australian as the red earth itself, the sport of AFL and its deep connection with Indigenous communities also features as a key theme in the film.   AFL legend, Brian Taylor also stars in the film, playing the Darwin coach who gives Tilly his big break.

2015 is shaping up as a great year for Australian film and LAST CAB TO DARWIN will continue the trend with a touching and life-affirming story that is sure to resonate with everyone from coast to country town.  An extensive talent tour across Australia is planned for the months between the world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival and film’s actual release.

Icon Film Distribution CEO, Greg Hughes commented, “We are greatly excited by the opportunity to showcase this extraordinary film as part of the Sydney Film Festival and to be able to align the world premiere event inside of the festival’s timelines.  Icon has enjoyed working closely with the LAST CAB TO DARWIN team throughout the film’s journey from script to screen and we are very proud to be associated with the final product and to be able to share this moving story with Australian audiences.”

Filled with hope, humour and heart, LAST CAB TO DARWIN takes us on a journey in cinemas from August 6.