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Flicks Cinema - The Merger (M)

Flicks Cinema - The Merger (M)

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  • Sat 8 Dec ’18, 10:30am – 12:15pm
  • Sat 8 Dec ’18, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sat 8 Dec ’18, 8:15pm – 9:45pm


The Theatre & Function Rooms - Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi


All Ages

'The Merger' (M) Comedy

Mince Pies/ Mulled Wine/ & Movie

First screening of a brand new feature comedy from Australia.

Film Synopsis:
If you like films in the tradition of The Castle and Ali’s Wedding, then you will like one of Australia’s most popular comedians, Damian Callinan adaptation of this entertaining and topical stage play, 'The Merger' on 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 (Raffety Grierson) who is struggling with the recent loss of his father.

Teaming up with Neil’s mum Angie (Kate Mulvany, The Great Gatsby) 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 (fan-favourite, John Howard, SeaChange) and ‘star’ player Carpet Burn (Angus McLaren, Hotel Mumbai), it’s more change than they’re willing to take on.

The Merger is a good-natured underdog sports story that wears its big heart on its guernsey sleeve, a charismatic comedy that is probably the first great film about Australian Football. For a film about Australians learning to come together, it’s equally about them learning to let go, whether it be racial prejudices, burdens of past traumas, generational conflicts, grief The script deftly balances the comedy with the drama and despite its broad nature, it never softens the back-stories of the refugees who make-up their eccentric but devoted sports squad.

The necessary tonal shifts are handled excellently, especially with how dark it gets at times – this is the Full Monty for the Footy field.

With a winning cast including Penny Cook (A Country Practice), Nick Cody (Please Like Me), Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai), Aaron Gocs, Sahil Saluja (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Ben Knight (The Warriors), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit) and Fayssal Bazzi(Peter Rabbit), The Merger is a hilarious and heart-felt comedy from the team who brought you Backyard Ashes.

Morning screening 10-30am $12 and $10 (Senior Student) includes tea/coffee/biscuits.
Evening screenings 6pm and 8-15pm $20 and $15 (Senior/Student) includes a drink from the bar, (Mulled wine, Glass of wine, beer, cider, soft drink) mince pie, nibbles, tea/coffee, biscuits and the movie.

A night to meet up with friends and fellow film lovers and celebrate a great year and look forward to the coming holidays and another New Year of films at Flicks. This film has not released in New Zealand yet, Umbrella Entertainment the distributors are licensing this special preview screening.

Bookings essential for the evening screenings - 09 818 2489 or Text to: 0210 222 5558

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