DirectorMark Lee WriterCaroline Gerard Running time1h 32m ScreenplayCaroline Gerard LanguageEnglish
Release date4 March 2006 (2006-03-04) (London Australian Film Festival ) Initial releaseSeptember 13, 2006 (Australia) CastMatthew Newton (Will), Sibylla Budd (Tory), Tim Richards (Benno), Roy Billing (George), Rick Cosnett (Mike Voss), Anthony Harkin (Nick) Similar moviesCactus (2008), Cedar Boys (2009), Backlash (1986), The Clinic (2010), Dangerous Game (1987)
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The Bet is a 2006 film directed by Mark Lee, set in Sydney, Australia. Sibylla Budd was nominated best supporting actress for the 2007 AFI awards.
The film is a story about a man named Will (Mathew Newton), a young stockbroker, who makes a bet with his wealthy friend Angus (Aden Young) to prove himself and that who can make most money with 50 grand in 90 days for 200 grand. Their mutual friend Benno, Will's boss tells to invest on a pharmaceutical company. In desperation he agrees to bend for a bit insider trading. His ego-fueled obsession on the betting game forces him to measure the cost of his ambition against the true value of love. Stock prices hit low and his clients are devastated. His father also invested money with Will and lost it. Will finds out through Benno his girlfriend Tory is working with the pharmaceutical company, Will finds a note at Tory's office and finds out a way he can make back his lost money. Unfortunately he doesn't find any investors. Will asks Trish (office assistant), whom he have jilted earlier to transfer funds from one of his clients illegally and he uses it to gain profit. Will puts back the money he transferred illegally but is arrested for fraud by officials. Tory who gets him out confronts with his betting obsession, tells the pharmaceutical company he was betting against was Agnus's family business and he controls it. Will makes the connection between Benno's advice and Agnus' bet. Will confronts Agnus and he says its he who recommended Trish in their company through Benno and Benno was bribed handsomely to reel in Will. This was because Tory was Agnus' girlfriend first and he still pines over her. Agnus is beaten up by Will but Agnus manages to pins down Will and asserts he will charge case against Will using Trish as witness for fraud, market manipulation, insider trading...etc. enough to put Will for a long jail-time which will make Tory forget him. Betrayed and humiliated Will commits suicide. After Will's funeral Trish tells to Tory about Agnus' role in Will's suicide.
The bet is a morality tale, set in the city of Sydney, about choosing friends, boundaries and betrayals, relevance and consequences of proto-self, the perils of fallacy and the value of love and life.