Broke :- Watch Broke on Youtube on Fire,A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.There’s something wonderful about writer/director’s Heath Davis’ Broke that calls back to Puberty Blues. It’s a portrayal of a particular Australiana that’s so specific and unbearably stereotypical that if you hadn’t experienced it, you wouldn’t realise that it’s very authentic. Gladstone in Queensland is the home ground for Broke and provides the perfect setting. The town and its inhabitants feel like they’ve seen better days. Davis shoots Gladstone like a sun bleached husk full of varying degrees of broken people. The businesses that we see thriving are designed to exploit; pawn shops – with Justin Rosniak’s crooked ‘Neck’ in charge, the race track/bookie, the town jail and of course the neon succubus of the bar with “pokies” (poker/slot machines). The town feels sparse and it’s all the more tragic that one of their own sporting heroes crashed to rock bottom in their home town when Rugby League is the campfire that brings the town together. If there’s a stumbling block with Broke, it’s that the outcome for BK (Le Marquand) had a poetic convenience. There are all too few moments of kindness that befall Kelly in his current state, prior to meeting Cec and Terri. Those moments seem to karmically come back to haunt him in his pursuit to redeem his situation. The destination for the character is essential; just perhaps how the threads of the story ultimately intertwined to get there that momentarily sour the well constructed and contained story up to the finale.Steve Le Marquand comes upon Kelly at the right time in his career, after the volatility in Last Train to Freo, the heartbreak of Men’s Group or hilarious turns tripping over counters in bank heists in Two Hands; he and BK have some miles on them. Le Marquand delivers a raw and unapologetically uneducated portrayal of BK, stuck in the fallout of bad decisions past. Davis loads Broke with second chance stories. Max Cullen’s Cec is out for redemption too; attempting to bring the derailed BK back on track as penance for his perceived failures with his own son. Cullen plays Cec with a quiet tenderness that’s so welcome in a town almost universally hostile toward BK. Claire van der Boom’s Terri idolised BK and getting him in front of her is a novelty. Van der Boom brings BK to the reality that his descent wasn’t just the flap of a butterfly’s wings but a crack in the tectonic plates of the town. Their interaction quickly becomes solace for the two and Van Der Boom does such a great job with Terri grasping the opportunity with abandon. Cullen and Van Der Boom continue to surprise you with the trajectory of Cec and Terri.
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Release: 3 April 2016 (Australia)
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Director: Heath Davis
Stars: Steve Bastoni, Brendan Cowell, Max Cullen