- Malcolm review by ER
This charming Australian film, released back in 1986, is a great way to spend 90 minutes or so. Coming at you like a sweary Wallace & Gromit - this tells the story of an autistic tram-nut who lives in Melbourne who has an aptitude for building machines from old parts. When he rents his spare room out to two bank robbers who helps them pull off a series of mad-cap heists using his gadgets. The belligerent humour and action sequences in this are threadbare to say the least but who cares when this is a laugh a minute underdog tale that will stick in the memory. With a career best performance from Colin Friels (MYSTERY ROAD (TV) / DARK MAN / DARK CITY), this is a grand comedy with bags of charm and is hugely enjoyable (also starring John Hargreaves (THE LONG WEEKEND / EMERALD CITY), Lindy Davies (PRISONER OF CELL BLOCK H) and Chris Haywood (JINDABYNE / THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS).
It headlined at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019 in a restored format.
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