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Australia 1989
Directed by
Ted Robinson
83 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
2 stars

Kokoda Cresent

The casting of English comedians Warren Mitchell and Bill Kerr (Kerr was Australian-born but made a decent career in the UK) in the leads pretty much tells you all you need to know about this low-budget, rather anachronistic film.  

With its title referencing the iconic Anzac campaign in Papua New Guinea and presumably aimed at a white bread RSL audience (why is anyone’s guess) it is like Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven For Seniors with a bunch of old WW2 army buddies and their feisty wives out to bust a heroin ring after one of their grandsons is found dead from an overdose. Inoffensive as a Teddy Bear biscuit and a nice cup of tea it might have had some purchase 20 years ago, now it’s more likely to be found on high rotation at the local  old folks' home where it would no doubt serve as an adequate time-filler although one must ask, given the demographic, what is the point of Peter Best’s rock-pop score? A bit of “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy” would have been more relevant and even given the film a much-needed lift.




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