Release date1 January 1999 Initial releaseSeptember 23, 1999 (Australia) CastHugh Jackman, Marty Denniss, Joel Edgerton, Roy Billing Similar moviesLittle Fish (2005), Caddie (1976), Looking for Alibrandi (2000), Floating Life (1996), The Mango Tree (1973)
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Erskineville Kings is a 1999 Australian drama film directed and produced by newcomer Alan White. The film was produced by Radical Media made for Palace Films on a minimal budget. It was released on 1 January 1999.
The lead actor, Hugh Jackman, in his film debut, won the Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best Male Actor, for his performance as Wace, the older brother, who stayed home.
The film deals with the story of two brothers. Barky (Marty Denniss) is 25 years old and returning to Sydney after two years of living in the northern sugar cane growing areas. He has returned home to attend the funeral of his father (Paul Dawber). The film begins with Barky's arrival at Central station at dawn, seeking the whereabouts of his brother, Wace (Hugh Jackman). We learn from flashbacks that he left home two years ago to escape the clutches of his father’s violent rages. Wace, the older brother, is not too happy about Barky’s prolonged absence, having been left to manage looking after the father in his last years of life. After walking through the streets he finds an old mate of his, Wayne (Joel Edgerton), who assures him of the location of his brother. He succeeds in finding his brother through the help of Wayne and friends, who all end up at a pub where it is revealed that Barky and Wace's mother left the family fifteen years earlier and that Wace hastened his father's death after he was struck down by a stroke. Barky also crosses paths with his ex-girlfriend, Lanny, and manages to rekindle the relationship.
Hugh Jackman as Wace
Marty Denniss as Barky
Joel Edgerton as Wayne
Andrew Wholley as Coppa
Leah Vandenberg as Lanny
Aaron Blabey as Trunny
Paul Dawber as The Father
The film was shot in the streets of Newtown, Millers Point, New South Wales, and Chippendale, New South Wales, including inside Gould's Bookstore in Newtown and the Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills. The title of the movie refers to the King's Hotel, a fictional hotel in which most of the movie takes place.
Erskineville Kings grossed $183,691 at the box office in Australia.
As of May 2012, Erskineville Kings does not have any critics' reviews catalogued on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.