Gordon Farkas (Steve Bisley) has been pulled over after a big night out at a girlie bar. While he was there, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) and his mates Vangeli (Angelo D’Angelo) and Mark (Damon Herriman) have switched engines on Farkas’ car, restoring Danny’s Jaguar to full health. They take the car for an all-night test drive. At dawn, Danny calls at the Johnson’s house to have a frank discussion with Joanna’s father (Tim Robertson).
The reworking of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet has great charm, especially the use of the loudhailer. David Parker has said the idea for this scene came from Nadia Tass, during their work on the script. Steve Bisley’s performance as Farkas is one of the film’s highlights. Farkas has so many character shortcomings that he becomes interesting, not just repulsive. He gives a contrast with the innocent hearts of the young people, but he never becomes a figure of scorn. The film retains a generous approach to all its characters, however awful or fallen they may be.