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Fergus McPhail – Double Trouble (2004)

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clip 'Wheelies' and wheelie bins

Original classification rating: G. This clip chosen to be G

Clip description

Fergus (Sean Ohlendorf) gets into more trouble when Angela (Heli Simpson) and Sophie (Megan Harrington) discover he can walk. When the angry Richmond (Marcus Costello) and his sidekick Declan (Steven Bahnsen) arrive, things couldn’t get worse … could they?

Curator’s notes

With the play on 'wheelies’ and 'wheelie bins’, this is a neat and funny wrap-up of the ‘wheelie’ theme embedded in David McRobbie’s cleverly written script. As played winningly by Sean Ohlendorf, we are acutely aware of every adolescent humiliation that Fergus suffers – in this clip, crawling out of a cafe on his knees and encountering a cafe waiter, and then Richmond and Declan, while Angela and Sophie watch. The bouncy music and bright colours keep the tone of the clip upbeat, in spite of Fergus’s discomfort. His alter ego is on hand at the end to help Fergus realise what he could have done to salvage the situation, allowing the episode to finish on a positive note. Sean Ohlendorf plays Fergus’s alter ego as brimming with confidence and bravado, so it is easy for us to distinguish him from the bumbling, tentative Fergus.

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