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New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:18 pm
by roadwarriormfp
Was just reading this in the Sunday Mail paper.

Due for release in theatres on Thursday is "Cactus". Starring Travis McMahon (Last Man Standing) and a red XA sedan!
Filmed mostly around Broken Hill.
Not to sure on the plot as the story in the paper is very vague and poorly written!
But Travis (aka John Kelly) has to kidnap someone and deliver them to the aussie outback in order to collect $20 000 ???
Other then that the review rambles on a bit and reveals nothing except that Byran Brown is exec. producer and that the XA was driven (not trailered) everywhere in order to get into character.

Cant seem to find a link anywhere or other info.....

If anyone can, find please post it up.....

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:57 pm
by Chase Bansi
IMDb list it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1039949/
"A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is due for delivery. As time and distance roll by, the strength and endurance of both men will be tested to the very end. Written by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan "
CIA also lists it: http://thecia.com.au/reviews/c/cactus.shtml
"If you're theatre-literate you might want to retitle this movie Waiting for Gazza.

Cactus is a Western set in the western dry of the great state of New South Wales, a place that's as dry as a dead dingo's donger. (Hee, hee, hee, I've always wanted to say that.) Like that other great, recent Aussie Western, The proposition, this is a land with no forgiveness, peopled with... um... people with no forgiveness. It's a tough life on the other side of the Blue Mountains.

Jasmine Yuen Carrucan's script is full of questions and blank space, deliberately left unfilled as a metaphor for the wide open land through which the men are passing (Are we there yet?). It also effectively demonstrates the information vacuum in which Eli Jones (played by David Lyons aka ET from Sea Patrol - doesn't that make you wonder what those seamen get up to when on shore leave?) exists. His tight-lipped tormentor, John Kelly, is ably presented by Travis McMahon, a man who is low on the ladder but doing his job as best he can. Meanwhile, Kelly has his own persecutor in the person of Sheriff Rosco, a small part for Aussie acting legend Bryan Brown, who also executive-produced the film.

What I like best is Jasmine's use of off-screen characters: Rosco's anti-smoking wife, Kelly's boss, Jones' victims. They contribute a lot of tension and humour without once stepping in front of the camera. It's a clever (and cheap) move.

Despite the slow pace (and the Ford vs Holden debate - I ride a push-bike) I quite enjoyed Cactus for its canny characterisations and ever-mounting tension.

No Holdens were harmed during the making of this movie.

The Australia, crime, thriller movie Cactus is directed by Jasmine Yuen Carrucan and stars Travis McMahon, David Lyons, Bryan Brown."

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Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:16 pm
by Morrisminor
Heres the trailer on youtube...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDxciNGhGM8

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:11 pm
by roadwarriormfp
Thanks for that guys.....

Looks interesting indeed.... Hopefully local cinemas here will have it later this week.

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:37 pm
by Biker
Looks to me like there are a couple of homage shots from Mad Max2 in that youtube clip. The slow opening of the rig's drivers door f'instance, I was half expecting a decaying body to fall out.

Not too sure about that write up though... "Jasmine Yuen Carrucan's script is full of questions and blank space, deliberately left unfilled as a metaphor for the wide open land through which the men are passing"

I guess you can label it however you like afterwards, someone's gonna believe you meant it to be like that originally. Tracy Emin has be foisting crap labeled art on Joe Public for years and people still lap it up believing that an unmade bed actually has deeper, esoteric meanings.

If it turns up on DVD rental I might watch it... maybe.

Biker

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:45 pm
by Yok
Looks interesting to say the least.

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 2:22 am
by toecutter
Excellent film.

An ambiguous ending - maybe they ran out of funding.

He has a repro GT. In fact its commented upon in the film. I think its a 6 a well. Only one bonnet open scene and it was fleeting.

The car is a significant part of the film. He calls it 'Bonnie'.

Shows the nothingness of the outback to perfection.

Re: New Aussie road movie "Cactus"

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 2:26 am
by OverheadCam
Travis McMahon fist came to national fame as the teenage side-kick of Marcus Graham that suffers Tourettes Syndrome !!!
It was called "Good Guys/Bad Guys" and if you see it on DVD (Aust) get it.

It has all the ingredients of a great show, great R&R soundtrack, Super Cool Marcus Graham, Sexy Red Head (Allison Whyte) a Red Hot Valiant Charger and a whole lot of Victorians getting beaten up!!! ;) (just a wind-up...please don't respond).

Good to see Travis still getting parts..looks like he's grown up a lot too!