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Two Hands (1999)

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Original classification rating: MA. This clip chosen to be M

Clip description

At his sister-in-law’s family home, Jimmy (Heath Ledger) meets two armed robbers. Deirdre (Susie Porter) has set up a job with them, so that Jimmy can get the $10,000 he needs to pay back his debt to Pando (Bryan Brown). Wozza (Steve Le Marquand) explains the theory behind armed robbery, as his wheelman Craig (Kieran Darcy-Smith) nurses one of the several small children running around the house.

Curator’s notes

A richly funny scene, made partly by Steve Le Marquand’s beautifully deadpan performance as Wozza, armed robber and put-upon family man. No one had quite portrayed Australian working-class career criminals in this way before Jordan. Jimmy’s description of Pando as ‘a good bloke’ shows us just how naïve he is – but we can see for ourselves that Wozza and Craig are probably exactly that, a couple of good blokes in a difficult and dangerous line of work. The film’s title – a reference to the idea of manual work – suggests that the film is very clearly about the idea of work, and the opportunity – or lack of it – that some of these characters have been given.

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