It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Castle.
In the 1980s and into the ’90s, the D-Generation could do no wrong. Sketch comedy, radio shows and then the reason everybody went out later on Saturday nights, The Late Show. They were all p-ss funny, and all led up to 1997 and the group’s first movie, Welcome to Woop– erm, The Castle.
Now known as Working Dog, they managed to craft a classic Aussie battler tale that skilfully skewered a lot of pure Aussieness. In many hands this sort of tale could have come across as a cruel and clumsy, but in their hands it was a lovingly-crafted celebration of Aussieness. Unless we’ve got it totally wrong, of course.
22 years later, The Castle remains a favourite of Australians everywhere – and it’s still p-ss funny. It truly deserves its spot in the pool room – alongside our jousting sticks.
Four reasons why The Castle rocks:
1. The ace quotes that we’ve absorbed into the Aussie lexicon – “Tell ‘im he’s dreamin'”,”How’s the serenity?”, “This is going straight to the pool room”, “It’s the vibe”…
2. The little touches that remind us of our childhood – like every condiment known to man being in the middle of the dining table.
3. The quick but unforgettable appearance of the much-missed Lynda Gibson, and her immortal line, “Get your hand off it, Darryl!”
4. Rissoles! (Which got changed to “meatloaf” in the American release…)
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.