great Australian film, well acted,well written. quite often thought to myself I've worked with a few of these guys.a great insight into what it can be like to work on a job site
Excellent! A well written play, turned into movie. Superb cast, Newton the stand out.
Good story, well acted as long as you don't get put off by the F word.
Excellent story - the many twists and turns keep it intersting. Basically a play, filmed really, but well done and great material. Good cast.
The last movie I saw which had been adapted from a play was terrible. I vaguely recall it was called Close and I only went because it had Julia Roberts in it. This movie however was terrific. My fussy husband loved it as did I. Al the actors played their roles superbly. Thanks David Williamson and the people who adapted it to the big screen. Trust the aussies to get it right!
FANTASTIC. MATTHEW NEWTON IS WONDERFUL
There are some excellent actors here, particularly the young man with the anger problem, the young fella's mate, Hakim the workmate, the foreman, and the young woman playing the accountant. Initially a bit stagey, this film grabbed me and made me believe nearly all the characters. Unfortunately Sigrid Thornton I thought was miscast. Vince Colosimo wasn't bad, but the character written for him didn't quite gel with me - kept teetering between squishy and sleazy. The two tools from the workplace, who we only see in flashback, are clearly recognisable as fixtures in any blue collar workplace, and quite a few white collar ones. Good to see Williamson departing from the usual dysfunctional middle class scenarios he does so well (and so often.)
A good movie on the ins and outs of a mediation process before they attempt court. Work place bullying is not tolerated and this can give insight on what can happen both in the work force and in the courts.
This is a surprise movie. Didn't sound very exciting.I'm glad I made the effort to watch. It was well acted, I enjoyed it. A great Aussie film.
Could only handle 30 minutes of this boring movie.
I didn't dislike this unusual movie. Great aussie cast.
I dont know how I sat through this terrible movie. It just got so silly and the acting was very average.
Really enjoyed this film. Was a little reluctant but was pleased I took the chance. Great acting, interesting plot and well executed.
Not for those who want mindless action but rather something with an interesting and thought provoking theme.
Highly recommended. Top Australian pic
Thnis low budgety film shows two opposing parties settle their differences after exploring them thouroughly. Good acting.
How Sigrid Thornton could lower herself to act in such a dreary boring little is beyond my ken - total waste of time.
Love Aussie movies. Based on true case studies, regarding workplace conflict and final resolution. Mathew Newton is a stand out, excellent acting such a shame he is stuffing up his life at the moment, such a talent. Support cast also high quality script holds your interest good night's entertainment.
I really enjoyed this movie, causing heaps of debate from a well acted cast
I found this movie extremely interesting.
Great Aussie drama with vg acting by a cast of known and unknowns. Three and a half stars.
great story well acted, a bit '12 angry men'ish in an obscure way. well worth watching.
Wow. What a fabulous film. Much thought provoking stuff. Awesome australian movie! Definitely recommend this one
The most important thing you need to know about the film is "based on a play by David Williamson".
The acting is that of a great play: initially forced, eventually powerful. And like much of Williamson's works everyday people become a cross-section of Australian culture. At the onset we're told it's based on actual case notes, but as time goes on that feels increasingly unlikely.
A powerful, interesting film about Australian society but doesn't feel real for a number of reason. Worth watching.
I can see it would've been a great play. But an average film. Was interesting seeing Matt Newton playing the straight guy and uttering a line along the lines of "Next time you stuff up, think of what it does to your mother". Hmmm.
From 12 Angry Men to Twelve to this: Williamson's profound insight and Rymer's balanced and plausible portrayal, places Australia on the world stage at last.
Great acting, good aussie drama. Interesting concept for a film.
The synopsis isn't especially enticing: a workplace dispute resolution conference. Those involved might be actors, but they all make their characters painfully real. The absolute standout in the pivotal role of the mediator is Matthew Newton. He makes the counsellor totally believable. The film is also unashamedly and wonderfully Australian, with the people involved reflecting the culture, idiom and diversity of Australian life. Every aspect of the film is clearly Australian.