This documentary talks’ about the surf culture, the people of Maroubra, as well as their stories and upbringing in a lower socioeconomic background. Every story has two sides, on one side the media and the outsiders name the Bra Boys as a gang, however on the other side they are really a close group of mates that are going through a thought time building a support network. This movie explores themes such as brotherhood, mateship and protecting each other. As well as showing how the beach and the surf saved them from a life of crime and violence. This doco is a must see for anyone living in the south Sydney area as anyone who sees the bra boys as a ‘gang’.
Not a bad doco considering it was made by amatuers. Felt it should have a higher adult rating as I felt the material was very explicit for impressionable tweens
Well I didnt know there was gangs in the surf clubs in Sydney let alone anywhere else, I did tho remember the riots at Cronulla by those lebbo's so this is an interesting insight to those gangs
A documentary only a small part about Cronulla riots not enjoyable
A good insight to something so well known in Australia, with some pretty intense surfing!
Deffinately an eye opener!! That's all i can say!!
What a great documentary!
Interesting. Broadmeadows meets the beach.
Not a bad watch at all. But when compared with the
factual irrefutable truth about essentially a 'Gang of
Boneheaded Thugs', I thought it was just so much
propaganda trying to make louts 'Decent'.
Awesome depiction of how life was for the Bra Boys. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this.
Absolutely loved this movie and told my two year old he could be a bra boy when he grows up
Really enjoyed seeing another side to the story we all heard about over the news a few years back.
As a documentary, this just didn't seem to have much to say, and as a surf movie the quality of the shots just wasn't up to much. Felt like I'd been watching it for hours by the 40 minute mark, never a good sign.
Great movie, a bit like romper stomper in that it gives most of us a look into a culture we wouldn't normally see. Very well put together.
A good insight into the Bra Boys 'tribe'.
Good insight into suburban beach culture and tribalism
Great doco, would def. see again :P
A little boring for my likeing, I felt the story was all over and done with from the beginning.
Interesting to see the surfing but otherwise just like a home movie about a family of surfers who got more fame from the charges against them than their surfing.
Pretty much a doco on their views of the world.
A great look at an Aussie icon and it's family..Not a doco fan but it was interesting! 1/2 naked men is always a bonus too !
Interesting historical account of one of a Sydney surf culture community. Not a smash hit but worth watching.
Fantastic, it's good to finally see a documentary which doesn't bore your to death & foesn't make you want to go to sleep.
It just shows the struggles of every day aussies & shows that just because you live in Maroubra doesn't always mean you live in a nice expensive house. They also show the fact Aussies aren't racist, the bondi riots were caused by people claiming to be Aussies
i thought this was a great show and music was great and very informative
Interesting 'history' of the race riots and events surrounding that time, but this truly is a marketing pitch where they are telling you the sweetened version of events according to them. Some good surfing footage. It's difficult to love this movie if you don't agree with their choices
Very - interesting - I like it
good movie, an eye opener.
Educational doco. For someone who doesn't no much about the surfing scene it was an eye opener and presents the other side of what can often be a negative media perception
I really enjoyed this. The surfing footage was excellent. I felt for the boys and their hard upbringing but they really seem to care for each other.
Interesting insight into their world. Good viewing but wouldn't rave about it.
It was better than I thought it would be.
What an amazing movie! A must see... Touching, tender but tough real-life story.
Just put in your queue and don't ask questions.
I found this surprisingly moving - the relationship between the Abberton brothers, forged as it has been through shared traumas and joy made me wish for the same kind of love and loyalty in my own family. The hard questions haven't been ignored but if you are looking for an expose of crime or violence you will be disappointed. The footage of huge waves is breathtaking, but this is above all else a film about the bonds between brothers.
Interesting look at the inner-workings of the infamous surfer gang of the south sysdney area.
Bra Boys provides an insight to the backgrounds of many of the more prominent members of the gang, attributing the many strugges of these individuals and the socio-economic culture as the reason why so many youths in the area turn to the Bra-Boys for both brotherhood and protection.
More of a soft-sell piece created by the Bra-Boys to offset some of the flack that they received leading up to and folowing the infamous Cronulla riots. The director has tended to gloss over the actual riots and focussed more on the reconciliation aspects, and on 'reaching' disadvantaged youths who it argues would otherwise end up on the streets.
Contains compelling interviews and narrative, although the structure of the story may lead you to beeive that the whole 'riot' was a beat-up and realy nothing to do with the Bra Boys.
Impressive documentary - openness, respect for the youngest member of the family by not exploiting his youth or that of other children in the area.
Fantastic surf culture, not to be missed, loved every minute of it.
Worth watching. A true insight into the Sydney surfing lifestyle
A powerful movie detailing the in’s and out’s of the Sydney surfing community, and the surf 'gag' known as the Bra Boys. A must for any surfing enthusiast!
Interesting insight into their lives.
Excellent - I really enjoyed this - it gave a great insight to the Bra Boys and their life in the surfing and world in general. Made me want to take up surfing.
I enjoyed this doco. Good to see something showing autralian cultures that people try to think don't exist just because they are not part of it. Definatley worth watching, whoever you are.
Some of the production of this film (like audio levels) was a bit B grade, but the overall film was interesting. Is nice to see the softer, loving and vulnerable side to the notorious gang... Perhaps would have been good to also see a little of the 'bad' side of them too though....
wasnt sure i was going to like this doco but its great.. a bit one sided but you can see the background behind the events. Russell crowe is the perfect narrator.
Interesting documentary of Australian Culture. Worth a look especialy if you grew up in Sydney Australia.
Loved it. It showed me a different view to that given by the media. These guys are true friends.
very insightfull, would definately hire again
Live in maroubra and half if it is not true
being a surfer myself i don't really like the whole concept of the surf gang thing,but it is a great insight into the bra boys and lets you get where they are coming from a bit better.