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The Magician (2005)

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | 12 November 2010 (USA)
A mockumentary that follows Ray Shoesmith, a Melbourne hitman who is simultaneously ruthless and caring, likeable and volatile. 'Filmed' by his media student neighbour for a university ... See full summary »

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Scott Ryan

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Scott Ryan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Ryan ... Ray Shoesmith
Ben Walker Ben Walker ... Tony Rickards
Massimiliano Andrighetto Massimiliano Andrighetto ... Massimo "Max" Totti
Kane Mason Kane Mason ... Benny
Nathaniel Lindsay Nathaniel Lindsay ... Edna
Adam Ryan Adam Ryan ... Garage Victim
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A mockumentary that follows Ray Shoesmith, a Melbourne hitman who is simultaneously ruthless and caring, likeable and volatile. 'Filmed' by his media student neighbour for a university assignment, Ray is under contract to kill a low life of the Melbourne underworld when a more tempting offer is made... Written by Danny Silver

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He makes people disappear. [Australia Tehatrical] See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Australia

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English

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12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magik See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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All of the actors are amateurs apart from the filmmaker Max whom we never see on camera. See more »

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Follow-up 2018 Television Series from FX Network "Mr Inbetween" See more »

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References Where Eagles Dare (1968) See more »

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I'll Be Gone
Written by Mike Rudd
Performed by Spectrum
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This is the best Australian film I have seen in a long time.
26 June 2005 | by ladymuckSee all my reviews

This is the best Australian film I have seen in a long time. I saw it as part of the Sydney Film Festival 2005. It was made by Melbourne filmmaker Scott Ryan. He shot it over ten days over two years. It cost him about $3000 to make.

The key to this film is STORY. Admittedly it took me about 10 minutes to really appreciate what I was watching, but then it got me. The story is quite simple - following hit-man, Ray Shoesmith, as he goes about business and chats about the industry he's in... it is dark - but the character, his dialogue, his way of thinking are so Australian and although quite funny at times, are also totally logical (well mostly logical). The character has quite the infectious smile too.

At the end of the screening, Scott Ryan and producers Michelle Bennett and Nash Edgerton (who both came on after the film had been shot) did a Q & A. When Scott was asked if he thought the film would have been better with more money behind it, he said probably yes - but only in the sense that it would have allowed him to do more in the film, which he couldn't afford to do otherwise. Michelle Bennett then stepped up stated that she believes the key to this film is its story and its performances. I agree, they were exceptional and it is highly unlikely that money could have improved them.

The film is edgy and occasionally jarring. As mentioned the performances are very well executed, particularly by Scott who (besides also being the writer and director) plays main character Ray. His acting is subtle and Scott doesn't rush to deliver his performance - he lets us see Ray think about things - pondering his thoughts and actions, it was really very impressive. The supporting cast was also excellent particularly Massimiliano Andrighetto who was also the films' cinematographer.

This film is proof that here in Australia we do have some great stories to tell. Stories which go beyond an Aussie Battler struggling through life before he eventually (despite being a little on the slow side) triumphs at the end of the film. While Ray (in THE MAGICIAN) and I may not have a great deal in common, I recognised him. Knew his character, understood his way of thinking (a unique Australian way of thinking) and loved that I was watching a really original and very different Australian story to those I usually see at the cinema. I loved it, it kept me interested, made me laugh out loud and I can not wait to see it again. Highly recommended.


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