WriterStephen Sewell, Gordon Graham Release date7 May 1998 (1998-05-07) ScreenplayStephen Sewell, Gordon Graham CastDavid Wenham (Brett Sprague), Toni Collette (Michelle), Lynette Curran (Sandra Sprague), John Polson (Glenn Sprague), Anthony Hayes (Stevie Sprague), Jeanette Cronin (Jackie) Similar moviesWalkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Protector, Red Hill, Dead Heart, Jindabyne
The boys trailer 1998
The Boys is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Rowan Woods. The screenplay by Stephen Sewell is based on the play by Gordon Graham, with Graham influenced by the 1986 murder of Anita Cobby, with the play first performed by Griffin Theatre Company under the direction of Alex Galeazzi.
After serving time in prison for an assault on a liquor store-owner, Brett Sprague is released from prison and returns home to his two brothers and their girlfriends, mother, stepfather, and girlfriend. Things have changed, and as Brett begins to drink his way through the day, he regains his "top-dog" position one argument at a time. This power-trip gets Brett and his brothers united in rage against their girlfriends and mother, and they are involved in a heinous crime. The aftermath of the night unfolds through the story with flashforwards.
David Wenham - Brett Sprague
Toni Collette - Michelle
Lynette Curran - Sandra Sprague
John Polson - Glenn Sprague
Anthony Hayes - Stevie Sprague
Jeanette Cronin - Jackie
Anna Lise Phillips - Nola
Pete Smith - George
Sal Sharah - Nick
The Boys is Rowan Woods' directorial debut, and actor Peter Hehir's last film before he retired from acting. Woods "aimed to achieve a combination of documentary-style naturalism with the edge of a thriller." Woods also said that the first time he read the play, he felt "it was an Australian story that had to be told. (...) This is the inside story of a family in crisis, of three boys on the day before a nasty crime takes place, of which they are accused."
The producer of the film, Robert Connolloy, had also produced the play. He met Rowan Woods at film school, and they both suggested to John Maynard they make the movie. The script was adapted by playwright Stephen Sewell.
Shooting was done on location in a rented house in Maroubra, one of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The location used to shoot the scene of the heinous crime was filmed at the Eastlakes Shopping Centre in Eastlakes, another Eastern Suburb.
The original music score is composed by The Necks, with other music contributed by sound designer Alan Lamb.