Mallboy (2000)

Movie


Mallboy (2000)

The world of 14 year old Shaun revolves around his broken family home, and a group of truant friends who inhabit Melbourne's northern suburb shopping centres. As he tries to make the transition into adulthood, the audience is forced to view the world through the eyes of one whom society is reluctant to accept.
Australia
IMDb  6.1 /10
Creators
Director Vincent Giarrusso
Writer Vincent Giarrusso
Information
Release Date2001-01-25
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 2 nominations.
Company
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Kane McNay
Kane McNay
Shaun
Maxie Rickard
Maxie Rickard
Tanya
Sarah Naumoff
Sarah Naumoff
Joanne
Lauren Hawker
Lauren Hawker
Sue
Ryan Paine
Ryan Paine
Laurie
Ronald Grima
Ronald Grima
Dean
Sheryl Munks
Sheryl Munks
Pam
John Penman
John Penman
Brian
Susan Godfrey
Susan Godfrey
Constable Tamara
Helen Doig
Helen Doig
Ann-Marie
Pauline Terry-Beitz
Pauline Terry-Beitz
Jean

Mallboy

Mallboy is an Australian film released in 2001, written and directed by Vincent Giarrusso, which depicts the difficulties faced by an adolescent trying to grow up in a community plagued by social problems.


Plot

Shaun is a fourteen-year-old boy who prefers to spend time with his friends at shopping centres in suburban Melbourne, rather than attending school. Demoralised in life with unsupportive friends, an out of touch and patronising social worker, arguments with his mother and his father having been convicted for burglary, he finds that there is little reason to be optimistic in life.

Shaun's life slowly begins to change for the better when his father is released from gaol. Hoping that they can now pursue a meaningful relationship, he is disappointed when he finds his father is not reciprocal. Ironically having once seen his father as a positive role model, Shaun eventually resolves to avoid the life his father has lived on overcoming his initial distress and feelings of rejection. Not long after his teenage sister gives birth, he decides, with the support from his mother, to leave his family and friends behind to start a new life in a home for disadvantaged adolescents.


Response

Unlike Australian comedies, Mallboy is a film which depicts (some) bogans in a serious manner. A scene includes Shaun's mother holding his father's welcome back party and getting high on amphetamines, after which she starts a fight with his father's new girlfriend. Various other scenes also include drug use, fighting and confrontational swearing.


Box office

Mallboy grossed $140,742 at the box office in Australia,.