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Con man and failed entrepreneur Peter Dellasandro (Lachy Hulme) convinces the Creditors Board of the collapsed Qintex business empire that he is the only man with the ability and recklessness to kidnap Christopher Skase, who fled Australia to Majorca to avoid the consequences. Danny D’Amato (Alex Dimitriades), son of the Board chairman and Dellasandro form an alliance and try to recruit flamboyant TV host Eric Carney (Craig McLachlan), until they discover he has a scheme of his own. Eager to pip him at the post, they recruit their own team under the baton of mercenary Mitch Vendieks (Bill Kerr), with inept Sean Knight (Torquil Neilson), dubious getaway driver Dave Phibbs (Nick Sheppard) and intelligence cynic Ruperb Wingate (Adam Haddrick), who learn that Skase is planning to resurrect his business empire in Europe. [Note: Christopher Skase died in Majorca in August 2001.)

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The film manages to entertain for its entire running time, with a polished and stylish look and a sense of humour that is neither ham fisted nor silly. On DVD, it looks and sounds excellent in widescreen with big, digital sound. The strength of the extras is the double act commentary by Matthew George and Lachy Hulme. At the very beginning they establish the post-Skase reality. (The film went into production while disgraced and exiled [to Majorca] Australian businessman Christopher Skase was still alive.) 

The deleted scenes (over 16 minutes of them) would have benefited from commentary, too, but as they are, there’s little more than curiosity value. Oh, and a glimpse at how much longer the finished film might have been.

Through the commentary, we get a glimpse into both the filmmaking issues – how some decisions were made or unmade – and to the factual background to the story. That includes the real Peter Dellasandro on whose hairy scheme the film is loosely based. 

It’s a great home entertainment package, not just because it’s such a contempo subject for Australians with a socio-political twist, but because the blend of comedy and drama is ideal for shared enjoyment in a private setting (as well as in the larger cinema).

Published May 16, 2002

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CAST: Lachy Hulme, Alex Dimitriades, Craig McLachlan, Bill Kerr, Torquil Neilson, Nick Sheppard, Adam Haddrick

DIRECTOR: Matthew George

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES: commentary by director Matthew George and star/co-writer Lachy Hulme, deleted scenes, trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 22, 2002

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