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by Kiesten McCauley (subscribe)
My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
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Stars of Spin Out L-R Lincoln Lewis, Travis Jeffery, Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin

I wasn't expecting to enjoy the movie Spin Out. It's not that I have a problem with Australian film. On the contrary; I always want to enjoy and support Australian cinema. It's just that I'd gotten the wrong impression of the movie prior to attending the preview screening and Brisbane premiere earlier this week. Upon viewing the promo posters and preview I thought it would be a dusty, saccharin, superficial teen rom-com full of jingoism, red dust and utes pulling sick doughies. I don't care for rom-coms. I'm a city girl who shuns blind nationalism, knows nothing about cars, and couldn't care less about pulling sick doughies.

I was wrong. I didn't just enjoy the film, I loved it. So now I want to spend the rest of this article waxing lyrical about the movie; its cast, writers, directors, crew and the townsfolk of Shepparton. If you're not out the door to see Spin Out after you read this, you're a flamin' drongo mate!

The official preview for Spin Out, in cinemas around the nation now.

The makers of Spin Out, in this writer's opinion, have created a brilliant new genre of film. It's like a lovely mix up of realism, comedy, teen movie, poignancy and for want of a better word, love. You can feel the love in the film, from the loving portraits of Australian people and culture, and the lovingly composed cinematography showing off the beauty of nature juxtaposed against debauchery and mayhem, to the myriad love stories.

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Cast Members at the Brisbane Premiere.

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Who's a Good Boy? Digger from the Australian Outback Spectacular is!

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I Bet a Few Teenagers Would Love This Spin Out Poster for Their Bedroom Walls!

I was surprised to learn Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony Allstars, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush) and writing partner Edwina Exton spent eleven years on the project from first concept to the film's release – nationwide in cinemas from today. Perhaps that's why Spin Out has such a well polished script laden with brilliant one-liners and Aussie lingo. Ferguson also shared directorial duties on the movie with comedy writer, producer and director Marc Gracie. So expect it to be funny.

The story mostly centres around ute rally team Billy (Xavier Samuel), Lucy (Morgan Griffin), and Sparrow (Travis Jeffery) but there feels like there's a cast of thousands of really well sculpted characters, all with their own story arcs in Spin Out. If you're anything like me, you'll laugh your head off at the Aussie nicknames of many of the characters, but you won't be laughing in a mean spirited way at the characters themselves.

"It was cool, there was no real villain," said Lincoln Lewis, who plays city boy looking for a good time at the B & S ball, Nic, "In the whole story there was no actual villain. Yeah there was little bits and pieces of the slimy motives of Nic just wanting to hook up and stuff or whatever it may be but there was no actual villain. I think there was just the love story surrounded by all this humour and sort of 'Do I, do I take that next step?'"

"They're all creating their own kind of - creating their own boundaries in their heads almost," added Morgan Griffin, "They're all afraid of something, or they're all not saying how they feel."

Check out my full interview with the delightful stars of Spin Out, Morgan Griffin, Xavier Samuel, Travis Jeffery and Lincoln Lewis.

The laughs don't come from a nasty or judgemental place. You don't feel these characters are being shown in a one dimensional, good vs. evil kind of light. Everyone has their good and bad points, their triumphs and failings, and you wind up loving these familiar larrikins and rooting for their successes.

Kudos has to go to the filmmakers and Jon Hume (lead singer of Evermore) for packing the soundtrack with great Australian music from a variety of genres and eras. I also want to commend the sound recorders, editors and engineers because the sound effects, background noise and the aforementioned music levels were outstanding. The film editing was also tight, beautifully supporting the comic timing and keeping the movie's pace in check, so you're never left feeling bored or thinking, "Get on with it."

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Writer and Director Tim Ferguson Joined the Cast at the Brisbane Launch of Spin Out.

Special mention on the acting front has to go to Lincoln Lewis as Nic and Melissa Bergland as Mary – both of whom have you falling in love with their flawed but 'heart of gold' characters. As for the townsfolk of Shepparton, give yourselves a standing ovation. As cast member Travis Jeffery said in our chat, "We made it in Shepparton, with the folks from Shepparton for people like the folks in Shepparton." In fact they estimate about 80-90% of the cast were Shepparton locals.

Spin Out is one of those movies that's sure to have mass appeal. It's got sick ute tricks for car enthusiasts. It's got romance, but not that icky, soppy, rubbish Hollywood romance that doesn't reflect reality. This is warts and all, flawed, heartbreaking, thrilling, beautiful and funny romance. The film has an attractive and talented young cast and gorgeous cinematography for people who love looking at pretty things. It has clever one liners and lots of Australian lingo for word nerds like me. There's a wild party, sexiness without too much gratuitous flesh on display, poop jokes, and bloody good music mate. This should be the new citizenship test. Sit down, watch this movie and if you don't laugh, you're voted off the island for being unaustralian!

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Catch These Lovely Actors in Spin Out in Cinemas Now.

Okay, perhaps the hyperbole in this article has gotten out of control, so I'll leave you with a word or two from the cast of Spin Out.

"It's like a fun film where it's just like a big Aussie party," said Lincoln, "It's a big Aussie party out in the country. Lots of jokes..."

"And then lots of characters in the film too," Xavier added, "And all the characters have their own arc, and everyone's sort of wrestling with something..."

"It's so fast! It just keeps moving all the time..." Travis interjected.

"And it's all very relatable," Morgan added, "Even though there are all these hilarious, quirky characters, there is a lot of truth to them as well. Despite all the hilarity of it and the comedy..."

Travis continued, "All the characters are real."

So if you want to enjoy some real, home spun fun and humour, with a bug dose of love thrown in for good measure, grab your mates, and get into Spin Out now in cinemas.
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When: From Thursday 15th September, check local guides for details
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