Thursday, September 30, 2010

Must-see footy viewing

I enjoyed watching the KHOA DO film "FOOTY LEGENDS" last night.
The plot template for the 2006 Australian film will be familiar to sports movie fans -- a ragtag group of unemployed men reunite their high school team to enter a tournament in which victory would change their lives.

"Footy Legends" is set apart by its setting -- the SYDNEY western suburb YAGOONA -- and the sport. There aren't many RUGBY LEAGUE films in movie history.

ANH DO (the director's brother) stars as Luc Vu, an unemployed Vietnamese-Australian attempting to maintain custody of his younger sister following the death of their mother.

Luc collects a group of his old high school footy teammates and prepares them for a tournament that offers a HOLDEN ute and a job modeling menswear for LOWES to the winners.

The film's characters are likeable, the music is great (any film with songs by HOODOO GURUS and HUNTERS & COLLECTORS is OK in my book, mate) and appearances by rugby league legends Bradley Clyde, Rod Wishart, Mario Fenech and Matthew Johns adds to the authenticity of the sports scenes.

The film also provides a look at Sydney life away from the Opera House and other iconic landmarks. We see Yagoona as an "anyplace," really no different from any working-class neighborhood.
You can view some clips by clicking here.

"Footy Legends" isn't necessarily a great film, but it's a must-see movie in the days leading up to the GRAND FINAL.


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