Mad Bastards
Mad Bastards (2011)

Three generations of men struggle to deal with the violent impulses that have scarred their lives in this drama from director Brendan Fletcher. TJ (Dean Daley-Jones) is a mountain of a man of Aborigine heritage living in Western Australia.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 26, 2011
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

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Rod Yates
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.

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Lynden Barber

There's no denying the film has real heart, buoyed by surprisingly strong performances from a mostly inexperienced cast who drew on their own lives in creating their characters.

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

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Andrew Fuhrmann
Time Out Sydney

The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

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Michelle Orange

The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.

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