Excellent premise sets up a gritty, real-life film, with similarities to many teenage novels that deal with choices in exceptional circumstances. Jared is played well by Breuls, who was seen earlier on "Home and Away" but had been in the screen wilderness since, and who manages to hold his own in a bumper cast which includes Hollywood star Ledger, and acclaimed actors Davis, Field, Haywood, Hopkins, Horler, Napier, Lyndon and Howard. The lifestyle of the surfie teens is set up well, giving an accurate portrayal of the hedonistic sex-drugs ritual many of them put themselves through - boredom is suggested as a decisive driving factor here. But the main element of the film deals with Jared's choices - does he stay silent to protect a mate, or will his conscience win over? It's difficult to find a bad component of this film, which was very unlucky not to win Best Film at the AFI Awards for that year. Enright was approached in 1991 by Brian Joyce (director, Freewheels educational theatre company in Newcastle) to write a play about the consequences surrounding the recent rape-murder of teenager Leigh Leigh at a beach party? he initially refused, but eventually wrote the play "A Property of the Clan", first performed in 1992, which he then adapted into "Blackrock" for the Sydney Theatre Company after actor John Howard (who later would appear in the film) and Wayne Harrison approached Enright and offered to help develop it. The initial performance of "Blackrock", at Wharf I on 30 August 1995, included Lyndon, who played Jared, and Smart (Cherie), as well as acclaimed actors Paul Bishop, Daniel Wyllie, Teo Gebert, Joel Edgerton, John Walton, Kym Wilson and Angela Punch McGregor.
(Excellent) - review by Russell