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Around The Block (2014)




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Around the Block is the story of American Dino Chalmers (Ricci) - an edgy and charismatic drama teacher with a passion for Shakespeare. When the opportunity arises for her to work at a school in inner Sydney, she embraces the chance to introduce the magical world of theatre as an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern in Sydney, Australia. The film centers on the developing relationship between Chalmers and Liam (Page-Lochard), a sixteen-year-old urban Aboriginal student who lives around the block in Redfern and earns the lead in her production of Hamlet. As Chalmers presents Liam with a possibility of a life without drugs and violence, he must choose between pursuing his newfound dream of performing or following his family into a cycle of crime. (c) Random

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Christina Ricci
as Dino Chalmers
Jack Thompson
as Bill O'Donnell
Ruby Rose
as Hannah
Matt Nable
as Jack Wood
Mark Coles Smith
as Smith Wood
Amanda Wiltshire
as Officer Blythe
Ash Ricardo
as TV Journalist at Barry Griffin's House
Billy McPherson
as Didge Player
Corey Carr
as Damien
Damion Hunter
as Uncle Charlie
Guy Simon
as Jacob
Josh Quong Tart
as Barry Griffen
Lillian Crombie
as Aunty Rose
Marcello Fabrizi
as TV Journalist at the Block
Nicholas Cassim
as Sergeant Todd
Niki Owen
as Mrs. Ross
Piper Morrissey
as Barry's Daughter
Sam Lyndon
as Brucey
Trevor Jamieson
as Uncle Rex
Tyrus Shay
as Matthew
Ursula Yovich
as Chrissie Wood/Mum
Urshula Yovich
as Chrissie Wood/Mum
Yure Covich
as Arguing Man
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

The film's musty premise, about a novice instructor trying to deter an Aboriginal student from crime with Shakespeare, renders it the cinematic equivalent of warmed-over soup from the school cafeteria.

July 31, 2014 | Full Review…

Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama.

July 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

July 29, 2014 | Full Review…
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A gem of a film.

September 1, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place.

August 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look.

August 1, 2014 | Full Review…

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