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Yabba Dabba Do
on 14 February 2015
A teacher, stuck in an out~backwater school goes to Sydney for the Christmas holidays. At least that's the plan, but unfortunately he stops over in the town of Bundanyabba (A.K.A. The Yabba for short) and never quite makes it. Unfortunately fate plays him a bum note and he ends up spending his time, coerced by the locals, into some sort of existential self discovery into his own heart of darkness, during some regrettable lost weekend.
Will the locals accept him? And if so, can he escape their acceptance, and then accept what he learns about himself along the way..?
This is an absolute cracker it really is, just a joy from start to finish. Yes, at times it's uncomfortable viewing, with unsettling characters, and even more unsettling sequences. But don't be put off by that, because it's overall message (at least for me) is one of discovery, understanding and enlightenment.
Which all makes a film about beer drinking and kangaroo hunting sound very high brow doesn't it? But just watch it and hopefully you'll see what I mean.
The acting is extremely good from all concerned, some of which is delivered by none actors, especially during the gambling sequence, which just makes it all the more impressive for it.
On a final note it maybe worth mentioning that the 'kangaroo hunting' contained may upset some viewers.
The Masters of Cinema Blu Ray looked spot on to me, with several short documentaries as extras and a commentary track.