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  • Actors: Alex O'loughlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MCH78Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Offbeat romantic comedy telling the story of Jack Flange (Alex O'Loughlin), an enterprising young man who robs a fish market and sends the cash to a secluded close-knit community of oyster farmers. When the parcel goes missing, and the police start coming around, he suspects the precious package was found by one of his neighbours, a local beauty named Pearl (Diana Glenn), to whom he becomes irresistibly attracted.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 April 2007
Format: DVD
Despite the kind of oppressively moody poster that empties theatres by painting it as a dour arthouse flick, Anna Reeves' Oyster Farmer is a pleasant surprise, an engaging comedy drama that flows along like a pleasant stretch of river. The plot is slight: Alex O'Loughlin robs a fish market with the aid of a pair of frozen lobsters and a fruit wrap and posts the money to himself on the stretch of his river where he's got a job on a failing oyster farm to fill in time while he waits for the postman. Only the money gets lost in the post before being cast adrift when the postman has a heart attack - which might seem a little contrived, but does allow the film to explore the various river dwellers he suspects may have ended up with the cash. It's no surprise that he finds love (with "the bastard child of a s*** collector," no less) and the possibility of a real home and future, but the film is far more interested in its likeable characters than breaking new narrative ground, and, with the exception of Jack Thompson's redundant (in both senses of the word) Vietnam vet who seems to have been drafted in solely to add a bit of star power, they're all richly drawn or appealing enough for you to go along with it with no complaints.

It's an Australian film through and through, so, naturally for tax reasons, it's technically a British co-production, which meant going to the absurd extremes of buying film stock from the UK, shipping it to Australia, shipping it back to England to be processed, doing the post-production in the UK and hiring a UK composer and actor to rack up enough points to qualify for those all important sale-and-leaseback requirements. Naturally, the film was never released in the UK.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sookie B on 4 Feb. 2009
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This was an impulse buy I was pleased to make. I am an insomniac so need good material to watch which will keep my brain happy.
This is about a young man helping to support his sister for medical treatment. Not wanting to let her down he resorts to stealing the money and posting it to his place of work in a remote place where he is helping with the oyster farming. The money goes missing and he is convinced he knows who it is that stole his post. The story is fairly slow, but engaging. The characters are great, real people not all loud and rushing around. There is humour, love and relationships to enjoy along the way to his finding his money. I highly recommend this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 July 2009
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Despite the kind of oppressively moody poster that empties theatres by painting it as a dour arthouse flick, Anna Reeves' Oyster Farmer is a pleasant surprise, an engaging comedy drama that flows along like a pleasant stretch of river. The plot is slight: Alex O'Loughlin robs a fish market with the aid of a pair of frozen lobsters and a fruit wrap and posts the money to himself on the stretch of his river where he's got a job on a failing oyster farm to fill in time while he waits for the postman. Only the money gets lost in the post before being cast adrift when the postman has a heart attack - which might seem a little contrived, but does allow the film to explore the various river dwellers he suspects may have ended up with the cash. It's no surprise that he finds love (with "the bastard child of a s*** collector," no less) and the possibility of a real home and future, but the film is far more interested in its likeable characters than breaking new narrative ground, and, with the exception of Jack Thompson's redundant (in both senses of the word) Vietnam vet who seems to have been drafted in solely to add a bit of star power, they're all richly drawn or appealing enough for you to go along with it with no complaints.

It's an Australian film through and through, so, naturally for tax reasons, it's technically a British co-production, which meant going to the absurd extremes of buying film stock from the UK, shipping it to Australia, shipping it back to England to be processed, doing the post-production in the UK and hiring a UK composer and actor to rack up enough points to qualify for those all important sale-and-leaseback requirements. Naturally, the film was never released in the UK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madge Brown on 23 Dec. 2011
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Really enjoyable to watch with excellent acting, easy going with some lovely scenery and if you like me are a fan of Alex O'loughlen then you will be delighted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Andrews on 3 Jun. 2013
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A lovely Australian film, well worth watching and Alex is a great actor. One to watch on an afternoon with some chocolate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Day on 24 Oct. 2009
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This film is about a young man who wants to support his sister - she's got cancer and desperately needs an operation. So he decides to robb a transporter and afterwards posts the money to himself. Unfortunately he never receives the package due to a highly unlikely accident. Nevertheless he asks for the package at the post office rather vehemently nearly every day - which makes him suspicious. There's also a girl he meets and falls in love with. She is a shopaholic when it comes to shoes so he's not sure whether she stole his money. Besides this main story - the search for the money, the girl meets boy-aspect - there are also a couple of subplots which make the thing worth while.

What makes this film work for me is the characterization of all the supporting roles. You get lovely nutters, a beautiful landscape and a profession which is totally alien to me - oyster farming. All of these mixed with the sound of Australian accents give a unique insight into a very different, and rather exotic world. It is also a very quiet film in many ways; there's a good deal of humour also (poor dog) and a main character who is good to look at. ;o) This film is definitely off mainstream - it's not a thriller or an adventure story per se. It is just simply one of those pieces you need as an alternative to Hollywood productions now and again.
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