Browse all reviews by letter     A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 - 9

Australia 1975
Directed by
Tim Burstall
109 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars

End Play

End Play is a relatively unusual film both in Tim Burstall's career and Australian film. Adapted by Burstall from a murder mystery by English writer, Russell Braddon, it both looks and feels like an English film bar a few location shots and the fact that the cast are Australian.

Largely a two-hander centred on the oddly co-dependent relationship between two foster brothers (George Mallaby and John Waters in his first feature film). it is located in an English-style country home, complete with baronial décor and manicured grounds and features a politely persistent Detective Inspector (Ken Goodlet) who keeps entering stage left at telling moments. The opening scene, with a gum-chewing Delvene Delaney is inauspicious but the film develops into a decent Sleuth-like game of trying to work out who's doing what to whom. Peter Best contributes an effective score and Linda George sings over the opening credits.

DVD Features: 2004 Interviews with John Waters & Robin Copping; Stills gallery.

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment




Want something different?

random vintage best worst