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form y separately published work icon The Castle single work   film/TV   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 The Castle
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The Kerrigan family's home is situated right beside one of Melbourne's airports, but they don't mind. In fact, they love living there. When the government and airport authorities announce that they are buying up all the properties in the neighbourhood in order to make way for airport extensions, Darryl decides to defend his right to live in his beloved home. The Castle is the story of how they take on the authorities, all the way to the High Court.

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Callback Setup in the Funny Factory : Sketch Comedy, Full Frontal and the Last Days of Mass Culture Guy Rundle , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 79 no. 2 2020; (p. 102-111)
'This is an insult! I’m a professional.’ Halfway through day one of week 15 of the third season of Australia’s biggest sketch-comedy show, and the A-list comedienne had had enough. She was tired of crappy roles and crappy scripts. Now here she was at the door of the writers room, giving us hell. She was a goodish writer herself, but none of her stuff—loose, aleatoric in the Melbourne cabaret style— was being used any more. She had a right to be angry and the only thing that took the edge off her protest was that she was dressed as a giant rotisserie chicken. Even as she was denouncing us, I was admiring the skill of our costume department, who had rendered oily skin and white meat with a bit of chintz and kapok.' (Introduction)
Why Old Is New Again - the Mid-century Homes Made Famous by Don’s Party and Dame Edna Kirsty Volz , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 19 July 2019;
Over-identification in The Castle : Recovering an Australian Classic’s Subversive Edge Matthew Mason , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 89 2018;
Straight to the Pool Room : Top 10 Films about the Australian Dream Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 25 April 2016;
'The housing market may not sound like the most stimulating territory for a story, but it has been the basis of some of Australia’s greatest films'
Great Australian Directorial Debuts Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 14 March 2016;
Coming from the City in the Castle, Vacant Possession, Strange Planet and Radiance Felicity Collins , Therese Davis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Cinema after Mabo 2004; (p. 112-130)
In this chapter, Collins and Davis analyse how emergent themes within contemporary Australian cultural studies, repudiate 'the 19th century bush as the template for a British-derived national identity, turning instead to the cosmopolitan city , the multi-cultural suburbs, and the hedonistic holiday coast as templates for the a dynamic, post-national, post-multi-cultural identity in the 21st century.' The authors argue that 'the problem of belonging and of being at home in Australia is evident in the afterwardness of the history wars that followed the Mabo decision.' Source : Australian Cinema after Mabo (2004).
y separately published work icon 'The Castle' Brett Beckingham , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2000 Z1699065 2000 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into The Castle (1997). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
Battlers Take Top Spot in Movie Poll Rosemary Lentini , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2010; (p. 13)
Favourite Movie Character Gong Going Straight to the Pool Room Isabel Hayes , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 October 2010; (p. 3)
Isabel Hayes reports on an Australian survey in which 37 per cent of respondents chose The Castle's Darryl Kerrigan as the film character most representative of the Australian character.
Nostalgia Unbound : Illegibility and the Synthetic Excess of Place Fiona Allon , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 14 no. 3 2000; (p. 275-287)


1997 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
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