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Around the Block (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 April 2014 (USA)
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An Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hunter Page-Lochard ... Liam
Christina Ricci ... Dino Chalmers
Aaron L. McGrath ... Joseph (as Aaron McGrath)
Elias Reese Elias Reese ... Toby
Ursula Yovich ... Chrissie
Mark Coles Smith ... Steve
Shai Pittman Shai Pittman ... Tamika
Daniel Henshall ... Simon
Anthony Gee Anthony Gee ... Tim
Sam Lyndon Sam Lyndon ... Brucey
Guy Simon Guy Simon ... Jacob
Braydn Pittman Braydn Pittman ... Jason (as Braden Pittman)
Nicholas Cassim ... Sergeant Todd
Amanda Wiltshire Amanda Wiltshire ... Officer Blythe
Jack Thompson ... Bill O'Donnell
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"AROUND THE BLOCK" is about breaking family and cultural cycles for a hopeful future. A contemporary story of love, revenge, and triumph, an Aboriginal boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family. Meanwhile his high school drama teacher must practice what she teaches if she is to succeed in her personal and professional life. Written by Anonymous

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Australia | USA

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English

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26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Redor do Bloco See more »

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Kick Pictures, Tree See more »
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[first lines]
Dino Chalmers: [narrating] A philosopher once said, one is not born a woman, but chooses to become one. I've wondered if it was the same with freedom.
Dino Chalmers: [filming people on the street] Is anyone really free?
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Written by Shannon Kennedy, Shane Roberts, Chris Hamer-Smith, J Maddox, V Borquaye, G Namokoyi
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teaching in Australia
1 January 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Over the years it's been good to see that Christina Ricci has not only stayed in control of herself but has stuck to good roles. Her appearances in movies like "The Ice Storm", "The Opposite of Sex" and "The Laramie Project" proved that she wasn't going to be another one of these child stars who turns into a train wreck. One of her latest efforts is "Around the Block", in which she plays a woman teaching poverty-stricken Australian children Shakespeare. I understand that the movie focuses partly on the 2004 Redfern riots, which resulted from the death of an Aboriginal boy. The movie gives one a sense of what things are like for Australia's indigenous population. The Aborigines are 1% of Australia's population but 40% of its prison population (this even though Australia's white population is descended from people sent to jail). But anyway, it's a really good movie. I recommend it.


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