The low budget feature film is the writing / directing debut from veteran actor Mark Fitzpatrick. He wrote the script after reading a story about Melbourne water board workers sitting around unable to do any work whilst waiting for their redundancies.
This seed grew from there about what would happen if these hardened factory workers redundancies, everything they had worked for all their lives, became threatened.
Friels plays the alpha male, a brutal primitive leader of mostly bullies who spend their time gambling, drinking and taunting each other on the empty factor floor.
The alleged head-office spy (David Field), a soft spoken family man, a man of culture, seeks solace in the company of Wesley (Martin Dingle Wall) the group's sole pacifier.
After a series of twists and surprises the men descend into a world of antagonism where brutality goes too far which makes for an explosive finale.
The story is reminiscent of A Streetcar Named Desire and has also been compared to Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
The film is also part of Australian film history as the first Australian film to be shot on the Red One camera.
Hollywood has embraced the film wholeheartedly after the film was screened to an audience of industry representatives and distributors in Los Angeles.
The producer of The Usual Suspects, Ken Kokin said The Nothing Men is a masterpiece. Even Geoff Goldblum was trying to get himself a part in the film at one stage.
It's been a long road for the independent film makers to get their creation onto the silver screen.