Synopsis: In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, who leads the main gang in town.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ivan Sen
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Two dollars, Nana.

You going to school?

You gotta give me a sentence

four up upon a board.

I rode a skateboard.

I rode a skateboard.

That's right.

I rode...

Let's make... Let's take the

skateboard somewhere interesting.

Where did you see most

of the skateboards?

At the skate park.

A skateboard at...

Daniel, do what Sarah said or you

might have to do it at lunch time.

But I'm not gonna know it.

Then why work then?

Why choose not to do your work like

everyone else you leave behind?

That's what happens.

All right, so why don't

you just give the ball?

The guys are coming in

soon, we can start Lingo.

So can I just have the ball?

Burbank. Burbank.



Can I get it back?


Because it's mine.

No, it's not, it's the school's.

Pass it back here, Tupac.


Pass it back here.

Who wants, anyone?

Pass it back here.


I'm gonna stab you with

these f***ing pencils.

Hey, Daniel.

He won't give me my pencil back.

Your pencil? Yeah.

Can he just borrow it?


All right, that's the fourth

time I've spoken to you today.

Let's go to the library, wait for us.

We're going there in five minutes.

Hurry up, Daniel.

Come, do you want some?

Come here.

It's driving me mad.

Dan, do you remember

shooting me in the face?

Get out of my way. Get out of my way.

Get out of my way.

Get out of my way.

I don't getting ammo.

Daniel! I don't

getting ammo.

I don't getting ammo.




Come watch us.


Where have you been?


Your teacher came here today,

said you wasn't at school.

How many times I

got to tell you?


Yeah, well, I'm gonna

tell your father on you.

You gotta get a stick

off Linden for me.

You okay, boy? Look, here

come a real bad boy.

Want anything?


What, you can't come?

I just stand and paint here, try

to make me money for ourselves.

What you want?

My mama want a stick.

Well, she's lucky, I

only got one left.

Only one left.


Someone said you're

f***ing up at school.

Said you stabbed Tupac with

a pencil or something.

Yeah, don't f*** around me, boy.

He's trying to be bad, all boxing

like his old father would.

Hey, yeah, that's right,

until we met them boys.


Boxing matches?

It must have been.

Hey, hey, Daniel. Daniel.

Who you mad on?

No one.

Tanitia, eh?

Tanitia, eh?


Tanitia? What, you

scooping her yet or what?

Say hello to your

Aunt Cindy there.

Where's Nana?

She's in the room in

there, laying down.

Come tell her to come out

here and see her sister.


Aunt want you out there.

Well, she won't come out.

Well, take Aunt Cindy for a

walk around the mission.

Show her where she used to walk

around when she was little.

Go on, take her.

Daniel, what's her name?

Aunt Cindy.

Where she's been?


Who took you away?

It was a long time ago that they

took people away from here.

How come they took you away?


Where the f*** you going?

Well, we going out of here, boy,

we going fishing. What you doing?

What do you want to do?

Come fishing or what?

Are you coming, you come for a ride?

Go on, jump in.

Daniel, you little f***ing sh*t.

See, I'm trying to

catch a fish here.

Daniel, please go back that way.

F*** off, now, man.

I mean it, c*nt. I f***ing...

Jesus, man.

No f***ing fishing

out here, mate.

I ain't f***ing

catching anything.

I said move now!

No, please, Daniel.

Jesus, f***ing

stubborn mate, look.

And then...

What, your Aunt Cindy just

came home last night, did she?

What, she's been gone

a long time, too, eh?

My old aunt got taken

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Ivan Sen

Ivan Sen (born 1972) is an Australian indigenous filmmaker. He is a director, screenwriter and cinematographer, as well as an editor, composer and sound designer. His work is both extensive and acclaimed in Australian circles.Drawing on his mixed heritage, his films present themes that revolve around issues of dislocation, place and identity. more…

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