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    i've just re-watched the club with jack thompson and had forgotten how good it was. it's about afl but rings true for sport in general. it's about a footy club, with a lot of strong, different characters, with their petty rivalries, love of the game and love of the club.

    is there a comparable film in league? there have been a few but i don't remember seeing any of them.

    also what about league books? i've read and enjoyed books by jack gibson, wayne bennett and others. any suggestions?

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    Footy Legends is a movie with 2 of my favourite humans - Brett Kenny and Anh Do. There is also The Final Winter with Matt Nabel and Matthew Johns about the Jets which I went and watched at the Dendy in Newtown when it was on back in 2007 so it felt more authentic - yes they do mock the Roosters beach lifestyle right at the end too..There is also Roy Masters' book Bad Boys. Just about all of them write books these days. If you have a good library nearby Zac, that's what I would recommend. I've moved onto music bios now but that's for another thread.
    "The challenge remains due to an unchallengeable offence" - The Bunker

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redwhiteblue View Post
      Footy Legends is a movie with 2 of my favourite humans - Brett Kenny and Anh Do. There is also The Final Winter with Matt Nabel and Matthew Johns about the Jets which I went and watched at the Dendy in Newtown when it was on back in 2007 so it felt more authentic - yes they do mock the Roosters beach lifestyle right at the end too..There is also Roy Masters' book Bad Boys. Just about all of them write books these days. If you have a good library nearby Zac, that's what I would recommend. I've moved onto music bios now but that's for another thread.
      thanks rwb - are those films must see or just alright? i came across this Rugby league movies on the big screen: The starting 13 - NRL and i'll see if i can't get a copy of the roy masters book.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by zac View Post

        thanks rwb - are those films must see or just alright? i came across this Rugby league movies on the big screen: The starting 13 - NRL and i'll see if i can't get a copy of the roy masters book.
        I liked Little Fish. Though, didn’t know it had a league story about it until I was watching it.
        ..it’ll be interesting to see

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Skeez View Post

          I liked Little Fish. Though, didn’t know it had a league story about it until I was watching it.
          i'd meant to see it when it came out but didn't but it's on the to see list

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          • #6
            Originally posted by zac View Post

            thanks rwb - are those films must see or just alright? i came across this Rugby league movies on the big screen: The starting 13 - NRL and i'll see if i can't get a copy of the roy masters book.
            I can't remember to be honest as its been well over 10 years since I saw both. You'll find them on YouTube. I saw Little Fish at a free screening in Darlinghurst.
            "The challenge remains due to an unchallengeable offence" - The Bunker

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            • #7
              Originally posted by redwhiteblue View Post

              I can't remember to be honest as its been well over 10 years since I saw both. You'll find them on YouTube. I saw Little Fish at a free screening in Darlinghurst.
              thanks, and lol to you going to seeing final winter at dendy newtown but not sure there are many jets supporters there these days

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              • #8
                https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3444616/

                Broke

                I wanted to like this one as the director went to my school and I was mates with his older brothers. I thought the dialogue and story line was pretty weak unfortunately.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr. Voodoo Man View Post
                  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3444616/

                  Broke

                  I wanted to like this one as the director went to my school and I was mates with his older brothers. I thought the dialogue and story line was pretty weak unfortunately.
                  that's a pity - someone could make a good film with that subject matter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zac View Post

                    that's a pity - someone could make a good film with that subject matter
                    I actually had nothing to do today and watched The Last Winter on youtube.com. Its okay, not bad. Matthew Johns is pretty ordinary imo.

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                    • #11
                      Dr. Voodoo Man ‘grass dust and blood’ sounds like a rugby league album
                      Last edited by The Skeez; 07-10-2021, 01:37 AM.
                      ..it’ll be interesting to see

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Skeez View Post

                        I liked Little Fish. Though, didn’t know it had a league story about it until I was watching it.
                        i've watched it now and it was better than i thought it was going to be. didn't think weaving and blanchett would be believable but i thought they did alright

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dr. Voodoo Man View Post

                          I actually had nothing to do today and watched The Last Winter on youtube.com. Its okay, not bad. Matthew Johns is pretty ordinary imo.
                          just watched it and thought it pretty good

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                          • #14
                            If you're after a good read, have a look at 'The Night The Music Died'. It's all about the 1974 Western Division team that won the AMCO Cup. I may be a bit biased as I grew up in the area and know a lot of the players (plus I get a small mention towards the back of the book) but definitely worth the time

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Headless Chook View Post
                              If you're after a good read, have a look at 'The Night The Music Died'. It's all about the 1974 Western Division team that won the AMCO Cup. I may be a bit biased as I grew up in the area and know a lot of the players (plus I get a small mention towards the back of the book) but definitely worth the time
                              thanks - i'll check it out. i remember tv ted ellery

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