DIRECTOR: Nadia Tass
AUSTRALIA / 1986
FRI 1 – SUN 17 MAY 2020
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS
An Ealing comedy transported to the suburbs of Melbourne.
Malcolm, a tram-obsessed geek who spends most of his time with his best friend, Arnold the cockatoo, gets the sack for playing on trams even when he isn’t at work driving them. To make ends meet, he takes a lodger, Frank. Frank turns out to be a crook, but unlike the tram company, he values Malcolm’s ability to tinker unusually with mechanical things. As a result, Malcolm and his self-built gadgets help Frank pull off a couple of quirkily bonkers heists, with the help of mechanised litter bins and a bifurcated Honda Z. You’ll never forget the scene where the unlikely duo orchestrate a robbery and, pursued by police, Malcolm splits his vehicle in half and escapes the fuzz by whizzing down a narrow laneway. It’s a delightful sequence made more impressive by the knowledge there’s no CGI; somebody actually built this thing! As a standard-issue cops n robbers plot, Malcolm is totally unbelievable. As a delightful comic entertainment that has rightly become a cult classic, featuring a charmingly young and chubby Colin Friels, it must be up there with Priscilla as an iconic Aussie must-see. BOFA Program Director’s Pick
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