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Oyster Farmer [DVD]

Alex O'loughlin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MCH78Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Jack Flange leaves the big city for a respite in Australia's Hawkesbury River region, where generations of oyster fishermen (and maybe one woman) have made a living, built histories, and piled up grievances. Jack finds a small-town mentality, with pluses and minuses. There's also a recent burglary and lots of missing cash. Jack gets a job oystering; his boss is separated from a woman of invention, Jack's attracted to a chambermaid turned letter carrier, and there are plenty of mine fields for a city boy to step through. Jack also has a sister, who's ill, to worry about. It's a river journey of self discovery. Is he passing through, or has he found home? ...Oyster Farmer

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Oyster Farmer (2005) 4 Feb 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lovely film 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 23 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oyster farmer 1 Mar 2012
By cjb
Format:DVD
the scenery in this film is breathtaking, also alex o'loughlin is brilliant,i loved him in moonlight, well worth the money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little Aussie film 24 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oyster Farmer [DVD]
A brilliant film as my neighbor at mt kola was the oyster farmer mongrel and I have spent a night at he shack.
Published 2 months ago by Paul leverell
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming DVD
This low budget Australian film is a little gem - with beautiful scenery, engaging characters and an intriguing plot involving a theft perpetrated for altruistic reasons. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tumphie
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at, shame about the story
Nice scenery, gorgeous Alex O'Loughlin but story wasn't up to much. Quite funny in bits. One viewing was quite enough
Published 13 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know if taht is the Alex O'loughlin first film...
...but I loved it for that incontanimate australian river, this green explosion of nature and of youth, leaving you in mind that love, a young love will ever be the best thing to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hydractive
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Bought this based on the other reviews, but found it slow and boring with characters I couldnt bring myself to care about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Heligany
3.0 out of 5 stars Oyster Farm Alex O'loughlin
Film a bit slow going ,like him as an actor have seen him in much better films and on Tv ie The incredible journey of Mary Bryant and Moonlight.
Published 20 months ago by Samuelle40
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry - didn't like it
I bought this DVD purely on the strength of the other reviews. Yes, the scenery is stunning and I now have a much greater understanding of the Oyster industry in Australia... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Jezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
I just love this movie. Alex O'Loughlin is charming funny and bumbling. Just love the comedy and the romance.
Published on 12 July 2011 by Miss K. M. Stapley
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Suprised
I was pleasantly suprised by this film, had heard of it and read some reveiews so thought I would give it a try as I have watched some other films and programms that Alex OLoughlin... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by gbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
I loved this film. It is slow paced as some have said but it is so beautiful that this didn't bother me at all. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Raggielass
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