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Backroads (1977)

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clip 'The trouble with you Abos …'

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

Clip description

After a big night of drinking, Jack King (Bill Hunter) steals a car, a 1962 Pontiac Parisienne, with the help of a stranger (Gary Foley), whose own car has been stripped overnight. They take off through deserted streets of a town in western NSW, with no plans and no cash.

Curator’s notes

Noyce gets the film off to an energetic and memorable start, with a scene that turns on a spur of the moment decision. Most of the events in the film happen in this way, as characters act on barely conscious impulses, sometimes with terrible results. The film dispenses with the usual scenes to establish character, or motivation. Noyce wanted to avoid a three-act structure, for something looser and more spontaneous. The film also has noticeably aggressive and racist language in the way Jack talks to the stranger – but it also suggests an instant kinship, a 'brotherhood of outlaws’.

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