Around the Block

Around the Block

Around the Block

Christina Ricci stars as an American teacher who takes a troubled inner-city Sydney youth (Hunter Page-Lochard) – the son of a criminal boss – under her wing in this debut from Australian director Sarah Spillane.

"Spillane's screenplay won an Australian Directors Guild Award before it even went into production, and her original script provides the foundation for this remarkably strong directorial debut. Energetic, fearless, and informed by Spillane's personal experiences, the film takes an uncompromising look at the lives of a teacher and a student struggling to find themselves in the gritty streets of Redfern, an inner suburb of Sydney that's home to the "block" of the film's title.

"Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci), an American living with her Australian fiancé, is a first-time teacher eager to bring her love of Shakespeare to the vastly diverse student population of a tough school. Her attention soon turns to Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard), an Aboriginal student trying desperately to stay on course despite the fact that his father (Matt Nable) and brother (Mark Coles Smith) are criminal royalty in Redfern. Dino and Liam both become isolated, struggling with issues of identity, race, sexuality, and relentless societal and cultural pressures, to discover – almost too late – that the key to freedom for each of them may lie in the spirit of the other." (Toronto Film Festival)

2013Rating: M, Violence, coarse language and sex scene104 minsAustralia, USA
Drama
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

An attention-grabbing performance by up-and-comer Hunter Page-Lochard is the major selling point... well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either (if you'll pardon the expression); it's a good story well told and beautifully performed. Australian cinema at its best.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A counterfeit coming-of-age drama bereft of originality or compelling emotional insights.

Variety

Variety

press

An attention-grabbing performance by up-and-comer Hunter Page-Lochard is the major selling point... well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either (if you'll pardon the expression); it's a good story well told and beautifully performed. Australian cinema at its best.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A counterfeit coming-of-age drama bereft of originality or compelling emotional insights.

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