Set against the stunning scenery of The Kimberleys in North Western Australia, Mad Bastards tells the story of one man's quest to get to know his 13 year old son, and consequently his son's journey into manhood.
Mad Bastards is a touching and at times hilarious tale, however it is also a poignant look at the culture of family violence and alcoholism in remote communities in Western Australia. It is the story of how one family can overcome these obstacles thanks to a strong and sensible male role model, and embracing the traditional family values laid down by their ancestors.
Mad Bastards does not try to "sweep anything under the carpet" - however this story is heart warming tale of overcoming the odds without an unrealistic or overly happy ending. The cast's performances are outstanding - especially at the end where it is revealed that most of the main actors are not professionals - in fact they are victims of family violence and alcoholism themselves and their stories inspired the script.
The soundtrack is one of the outstanding parts of the film - music is depicted as a way out for many of the characters, and the collaboration of the Pigram Brothers and Alex Lloyd produces a melodic and rich sound which weaves throughout the movie and connects people, places and events.
This is an outstanding and inspiring film, which has received much acclaim overseas, including at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which was this past January.
Mad Bastards opened nationwide on May 5, 2011. To find out which selected theatres are screening Mad Bastards, simply head to the Mad Bastards official website.
It looks good. Good to see people from that area producing their own films. So much done by white australia, its good to see a glimpse of the indigenous culture and people in their land and from their perception. I am looking forward to seeing this one.
The Kimberley is vast and beautiful. The link of people in the region to this land is profound. The expectations of our imposed culture have had a number of effects and the joy and friendship I have found from people I know from that region and of indigenous decent are so powerful and strong in my soul and in my memory. I thank them for what they have given me.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Thursday, 12th of May @ 04:39 am