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Suburban Mayhem (2006)

The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her, but everybody's trying.

Director:

Paul Goldman

Writer:

Alice Bell (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Barclay ... Katrina Skinner
Steve Bastoni ... Detective Andretti
Laurence Breuls Laurence Breuls ... Danny
Michael Dorman ... Rusty
Anthony Hayes ... Kenny
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Auntie Dianne
Robert Morgan ... John Skinner
Susan Prior ... Christine Andretti
Mia Wasikowska ... Lilya
Lawrence Aitchson Lawrence Aitchson ... Welfare Man (as Lawrence Aitchison)
Rod Ansell Rod Ansell ... Angry Neighbour
Christine Armstrong Christine Armstrong ... Defence Lawyer
Philippe Ayoub Philippe Ayoub ... Sergeant Harris (as Phillip Ayoub)
Callan Boys Callan Boys ... Random Guy
Nigel Castellum Nigel Castellum ... Junior Policeman
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Storyline

Why does a 19 year-old girl plot to kill her own father? Katrina Skinner is stuck in suburbia with her toddler daughter and her devoted dad. Her brother Danny is in jail for life for murder. Her mother abandoned her years ago. The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her but everybody's trying. Her dad won't mind his own business. Katrina misses her brother. She needs money for his appeal. She's bored and she's sick of living with her dad. She's not going to work a day in her life and she knows her dad's not going to help her financially anymore. She's first in line for the family inheritance. All she needs to do now is convince one of her lovers to do the deed and she's never had much trouble getting men to do what she wants. All for the love of her brother. It's John Skinner's funeral, inside the Golden Grove Crematorium. Kat sits on the front pew between her cheeky fiancé Rusty and her toddler daughter Bailee. Her mobile phone ... Written by Alice Bell

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Taglines:

There are some things in life you can't control. Fame. Lust. Murder . . . And Katrina. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Külvárosi káosz See more »

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Budget:

AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Alice Bell was Emily Barclay's body double for the film. Driving, texting and snorting cornflour instead of speed. See more »

Quotes

Lilya: It wasn't us that called welfare. I swear. It must have been your dad.
Katrina: You stupid bitch. If you ever call my dad again, I'll come after you. I'll kill you. Your dad. Your stupid fuckin sister and your nan.
Lilya: I don't have a nan.
Katrina: Well that's lucky for you then isn't it?
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Features Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Sucker Love
Written by Raul Sanchez, Adalita Srsen, Adam Robertson and Dean Turner
Performed by Magic Dirt
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Shootin' to thrill in thigh-high boots..
30 October 2006 | by onamissionSee all my reviews

A darkly comic tale of desperation in the land of discount bourbon and Holden versus Ford. I'm somewhat at a loss to understand the negative reaction in some of the comments posted; understanding the foibles and peculiarities of Australian suburbia is important to seeing the film in its correct context. Emily Barclay sinks her teeth into Katrina with such enthusiasm that as she careens across the landscape with baby in tow over gullible men, naive women, impotent police and her well-meaning father we're tempted more than once to suspend the moral judgement we should be making and simply sit back to enjoy the ride. Questions are asked of the audience as much as of the film's characters, making us uneasy and showing Katrina's real power to manipulate. How much does the need for excitement in our lives stop us from making decisions about what is right or wrong? Is Bailee the get-out-of-jail free card that entitles Katrina to salvation as we find that crime sometimes does pay? A fresh, upfront production that along with recent films like "Kenny" and "Footy Legends" lends confidence to the recovery of the Australian movie industry from the ball and chain of film-school textbook orthodoxy.


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