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Summary: 
A 15-year-old swimming prodigy self-destructs after his father is released from jail.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  2nd September 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 16th September 2021 (Australia)

Country: Australia

Director: Tyson Wade Johnston

Screenwriter: Tyson Wade Johnston

Cast: Steve Bastoni (Glenn Goodman), C.J. Bloomfield (Dwayne), Isaac Drandic (Mick Hill), Laura Gordon (Kim Lane), Jason Isaacs (Rob Bush), Levi Miller (Benjamin Lane), Robert Morgan (Coach Clarke), Ebony Naye (Joyce), Paula Nazarski (Cathy Hill), Hunter Page-Lochard (Josh Hill), Sam Parsonson (Nick Bush), Jake Ryan (Dave Bush), Ian Thorpe (himself), Joey Vieira (Eddie Rivers), Tasia Zalar (Patti Hill)

Running Time: 86 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

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David Griffiths’ Streamline Review:

Given Australia’s love affair with sport I am surprised that over the years Australian filmmakers haven’t made more ‘great’ sports films. Of course there have been some stand-outs, The Club and September, spring to mind but largely when Aussies have tackled the sports genre the films have had a bad soapy feel to them, for examples take another look at The Cup or Ride Like A Girl.

Directed by first time feature film director Tyson Wade Johnson and produced by Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe I feel that this is one of the first gritty sports films that we have seen in Australian for a long time. How gritty? Well I would have to say that this film is almost on par with The Wrestler.

Benjamin Lane (Levi Miller – Pan) is a gifted young swimmer, actually he is more than just gifted his Coach (Robert Morgan – Hacksaw Ridge) feels that he has what it takes to become an Olympic champion. And life is going pretty well for him as well, he is getting good grades at school, his girlfriend Patti (Tasia Zalar – Mystery Road) is deeply devoted to him and his mother, Kim (Laura Gordon – Undertow) is willing to make any sacrifice necessary to see her son become a champion.

But then everything starts to fall apart when his abusive father, Rob (Jason Isaacs – Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets), is released from prison. Benjamin’s life begins to spiral when Rob reaches out him and soon he finds himself drawn to the ‘loser’ lifestyle of drinking and partying that his two brothers, Dave (Jake Ryan – The Great Gatsby) and Nick (Sam Parsonson – Hacksaw Ridge), have chosen to live.

My first thought while watching Streamline was that this is a sports film that is nothing like anything that we have ever made here before. For once this is a sports film that goes behind the glory of the sport itself and shows the personal side of the person competing. Often with Australian sports films I find that the film wants to glorify the victories but quickly skip past the mental and physical demons that the star themselves may have had to overcome to get there. Films like The Cup and Ride Like A Girl are great examples – both the stars depicted in those films overcome a lot to get where they needed to be but a lot of the ‘hard times’ were shown in montages etc whereas Streamline hones in on those ‘hard times’ and makes them the centre piece of the film.

The result is a film that draws you in and makes you feel the pain and anguish that Benjamin is going through. To the credit of Johnson’s screenplay he doesn’t hold anything back from his audience no matter how dark it is. He steers away from Hollywood clichés, there are no inspirational chats by girlfriend or coach as Benjamin begins to throw his career away, instead it is the more natural ‘you’re a dickhead’ and anger and resentment towards him.

The result of the power and tension that Johnson creates throughout this film is a movie that even non-sports fans are going to find themselves compelled to. Films like Varsity Blues have tried to go down this road in the past but they have held back from going completely into the dark – Streamline does not.

I couldn’t help but also feel blown away by the acting performances here in the film. I think most film lovers already know that Levi Miller is going to become a star and his performance here just cements that. Let’s be honest if this film was American people would already be starting to say that there is an Oscar whisper around his performance.

Backing up Miller is an emotional performance by Laura Gordon, who I feel is one of the most under-rated character actresses in this country, and some true brilliance from Jake Ryan whose character Dave is the devil on Benjamin’s shoulder telling him to throw everything away.Streamline is an amazing piece of Australian cinema. I feel it shows the industry how a sports film should be made and it is a film not be missed even just for the once in a lifetime performance by Levi Miller.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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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 ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,’ ‘Perfect Strangers,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Live By Night,’ and ‘Split’.

This episode also contains interviews with Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy, Sophie Mathieson (Drama) and Steve Bastoni (Peninsula Short Film Festival).

Also make sure you listen to this week’s show as we have a very special Blood Father pack to giveaway thanks to our friends at Icon Entertainment. The pack contains a copy of Blood Father on DVD and a limited edition Blood Father T-Shirt. To enter simply listen to this week’s show and then send us a private message with the answer to Dave’s question on either Facebook or Twitter.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Anomolisa,’ ‘Steve Jobs,’  and ‘The Choice’. This episode also contains interviews with David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Sparks, Tom Welling, and Steve Bastoni (Peninsula Short Film Festival).

Also listen for your chance to win a copy of Sinister 2 on DVD thanks to our good friends from eOne Entertainment. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Peninsula Short Film Fest 2015

With the Peninsula Short Film Festival happening this weekend in Rosebud Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with festival director Steve Bastoni to see exactly what is happening this year. From an opening night screening through to something very special on Sunday Steve tells us what is happening when.

You can listen to or download our interview with Steve right here.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show LogoThis week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ and ‘The Gambler′ . This episode also contains interviews with Taron Egerton, Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Rupert Wyatt and Steve Bastoni. Steve drops by not only to talk about The Water Diviner but also about Peninsula Short Film Fest which is on in Rosebud this weekend.

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Steve Bastoni

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Aussie actor Steve Bastoni to talk about his recent role in The Water Diviner and discuss the Peninsula Short Film Fest which is on in Rosebud on the 7th February… and better still it’s free.

You can listen to or download our Steve Bastoni interview here. For more information on Peninsula Short Film Fest check out their website – www.peninsulashortfilmfest.com.au

Drift

Summary: Based on true events, Drift is a story set on Australia’s spectactacular and rugged coastline in the early 1970s. It begins in a remote coastal town with the two Kelly brothers, who spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business; re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling their new surf gear out of their van. Battling killer waves, small town conservatism and hard-core criminals, the brothers persevere, daring to dream of a world where they can surf to live and live to surf. A story of passion and corruption, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive at all odds.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Ben Nott, Morgan O’Neill

Screenwriter: Tim Duffy, Morgan O’Neill

Cast: Kai Arbuckle (Young Jimmy Kelly), Steve Bastoni (Miller), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lani), Harrison Buckland-Crook (Young Gus), Ross Clarke-Jones (Gomez), Mike Duncan (Derrick), Laura Fairclough (Lisa), John Fairhead (Frank), Aaron Glenane (Gus), Sean Keenan (Young Andy Kelly), Sarah Louella (Tina), Robyn Malcolm (Kat Kelly), Craig Mathieson (Tom), David Meadows (Ron McDermott), Ben Mortley (Buzzcock), Timothy Nathan (Benno), Myles Pollard (Andy Kelly), Xavier Samuel (Jimmy Kelly), Sam Worthington (JB), Joanna Wren (Sheree)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Drift’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Drift’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Drift′: Check Episode #30 (available 2nd May, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Drift’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Drift (2013) on IMDb