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Shame (DVD) (1988) (Australian Import)

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  • Actors: Deborra-Lee Furness, Tony Barry, Simone Buchanan, Gillian Jones, David Franklin
  • Directors: Steve Jodrell
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055AV676
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Their town has a secret... Feisty Perth lawyer Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness, Jindabyne) survives a minor motorcycle accident whilst riding through the rugged Western Australian countryside and is transported to a small town with a dark past. Welcomed by garage owner Tim Curtis (Tony Barry, Australia) and invited to remain through her convalescence Asta encounters the backward nature of the town residents first-hand - appalled by the sexist taunts and misogyny that seems common place and acceptable to the community at large. Threatened herself by a gang of local miscreants Asta discovers that Tim's young daughter Lizzie (Simone Buchanan, My Brilliant Career) is the victim of a vicious gang-rape and decides to take a stand against the cruel and sinister status quo.

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Filmed in Western Australia, "Shame" is the story of one woman's fight for justice against a society where men rule and women are treated as playthings for their enjoyment.
Asta (Deborra-Lee Furness)is a city barrister taking a break from urban stress by taking off into the countryside on her high powered motorcycle. After an accident leaves her stranded in a small town awaiting spare parts for the bike to arrive,she begins to notice strange undercurrents amongst the townspeople. The men (not many of whom seem to have jobs) spend their time either drinking in the local pub or hooning around town in hotted up cars,while the women go around with a strange fearful nature. It's clear who rules here.
Asta befriends a young girl, Lizzie (Simone Buchanan) the daughter of the local mechanic,whom she discovers has been raped by six of the local lads. A kangaroo shooter's daughter has also suffered the same fate but no-one including the local police seem interested.
After an attempt on Asta herself (in which she fights back injuring several of her attackers) meets with apathy and even congratulations amongst the men (and police) she decides to fight for justice on behalf of Lizzie and the others. She persuades Lizzie to lay charges which provokes the boys to turn violent. Several carloads descend on the garage and a violent fight ensues in which Lizzie's father is badly beaten and Lizzie abducted with tragic consequences.
With original music by Mario Millo and some great scenery,this is a powerful and thought provoking film made in the late '80s but still relevant today. Another great Aussie movie!
Reviewed by Trevor H (from Australia).
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Perth lawyer Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness) has a minor motorcycle accident whilst riding through Western Australia countryside and is stranded in a small town waiting for parts. Welcomed by the garage owner and invited to stay at his home Asta encounters the backward nature of the towns residents first-hand - appalled by the sexist taunts and misogyny that seems commonplace and accepted by the community at large as inevitable. After being threatened herself by a gang of local miscreants Asta discovers that Tim's young daughter Lizzie is the victim of a vicious gang-rape and decides to take a stand against the crude and violent local culture.

Shame is not an easy film to watch. Its stark realism is understandable as it is based on a culture of small town rape-as-pasttime. An Australian friend of mine grew up in a town like this and described it thus 'you knew when it had happened to a girl. She would not be seen for a week or so, and then things were back to normal. The reason the police did nothing was because they had behaved in exactly the same way when they were young'. She also said that it was common for a girl to 'consent' because she would be told that it was going to happen anyway, so she might as well not fight and get more hurt.

Asta is representing the city, and is an independent woman, unapologetically feminist. It is depressing, but possibly true, that the agent of change has to be an outsider. And in real life I wonder how much has really changed.

Australian film making is usually pretty sound. This genre of stark realism is one that they seem to relish, and they do it very well here. Another film about the brutalisation of Australian girls that is of a high calibre is 'Black Rock', probably a bit less grim than Shame.
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i first saw this film on tv it brilliant and well acted,ive wanted to buy it for ages but couldnt find it ,found it last week on vhs and was as i rememberd it very thought provokeing just wish you could get it on dvd.i have given this film 5 stars and would recomend it to anyone who likes thought provokeing well acted films.
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Loved this film.
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