The Merger

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Australian | Rated M| 103 minutes

Directed by Mark Grentell
Starring Damian Callinan, John Howard, Kate Mulvany

In the tradition of The Castle and Ali’s Wedding, one of Australia’s most popular comedians, Damian Callinan adapts his entertaining and topical stage play, The Merger for the big screen!

Bodgy Creek is a struggling town. The drought won’t let up, jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will have to merge with another club or fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town’s fringe, former football star turned ‘Town Killer’ Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan), is coaxed into rescuing the team after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil, who is struggling with the recent loss of his father.

Teaming up with Neil’s mum Angie, who runs a nearby refugee support centre, they unite to recruit the new arrivals to save the team and take the community on a journey of change. But for some, like Neil’s grandfather and Club President, Bull (John Howard) and ‘star’ player Carpet Burn, it’s more change than they’re willing to take.

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