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ROUGH STUFF: DVD

SYNOPSIS: They call them 'Rovers' - aimless wanderers and drifters living on the fringes of society in the vast Australian outback, looking to escape their pasts and start anew. Buzz (Gareth Rickards) has been to damn near every corner of the continent searching for the legendary Stray's Gold - a haul that will keep him in parts and petrol for the rest of his days. Just as he is ready to give up, Buzz is approached by Eric (Jamie Kristian), who has come into possession of a map to Stray's Gold. Eric is happy to part with the map in exchange for passage - he and his activist friends Tori (Hayley Sullivan), Skye (Katie Garfield) and Tom (Adam Horner) want to stage a protest at the site of a new mine from mega mining company Madsen Minerals, headed by billionaire Daniel Madsen (Bobby Babin). To get to the mine unseen, they must travel through the impenetrable Mamuya Valley. Buzz convinces his ragtag crew of Rovers, Abe and Scraps (Vincent Andriano and Sam Glissan), to follow him on one last quest for the lost gold. With their modified off-road rigs piled high, the Rovers and Activists embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. But soon tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
You may have missed this little Aussie gem of an actioner, as it slid into and out cinemas quickly before landing on digital platforms and DVD/blu-ray; no reason to miss it now, and every reason to take a look. A robust piece of entertainment, Rough Stuff is a you-beaut surprise, a solid gold genre film complete with handsome loner hero, hidden treasure, corporate baddies and equally corrupt environmental activists all bound for a cinematic punch up.

The screenplay is smart and layered, the direction assured, the performances excellent, the camera work and editing full throttle and the music epic.

Gareth Rickards make a fine 'gone bush' hero, up to the challenge of being a tough guy with a soft centre, and above all a can-do type. Everyone is outstanding, fully invested in their characters and the story and Ernie Dingo has a well conceived cameo as a mysterious Ranger ...

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

ROUGH STUFF: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2017)

CAST: Gareth Rickards, Vincent Andriano, Sam Glissan, Jamie Kristian, Hayley Sullivan, Katie Garfield, Jamie Kristian, Adam Horner, Ernie Dingo, Bobby Babin

PRODUCER: Nicole Johnschwager, Kelly Tomasich

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Adams

SCRIPT: Jonathan Adams

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack Crombie

MUSIC: Ned McPhie, Matt Rudduck

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Andrew Boland

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella Ent

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 2017

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: DVD: Umbrella Ent; blu-ray/DVD combo: http://www.roughstuffmovie.com/how-to-watch.html; VOD platforms: including iTunes, GooglePlay, Vimeo OnDemand

DVD RELEASE: March 16, 2017







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