The Square

  • Nash Edgerton (2008)
  • Aus
  • 105 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The noir trappings, the small-town setting and the fact that producers Nash and Joel Edgerton are siblings have invited comparisons with the Coen brothers. However, their striking debut feature - Nash directs, Joel co-writes and co-stars - is actually closer in feel to thrillers like Shallow Grave and A Simple Plan where greed draws ordinary folk into murderous deeds. It's set in a sleepy coastal town in New South Wales, with David Roberts as a middle-aged construction manager who reluctantly agrees to help his mistress (Claire van der Boom) steal a stash of cash from her criminal husband (Anthony Hayes). However, things don't go according to plan and he is soon up to his neck in blackmail and murder. Although the plotting relies a little too much on coincidence and mistaken identity, Nash Edgerton displays an assured understanding of noir essentials and is further helped by believable performances from his talented ensemble cast.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring David Roberts and Claire van der Boom. Ray and Carla live in a small Australian town and, despite being married to other people, embark on an affair. When Carla discovers a bag full of dirty money belonging to her lowlife husband, she concocts a plan to get rich and run away with Ray, but things quickly spiral out of control.

Cast and crew


David Roberts (2)
Claire van der Boom
Joel Edgerton
Anthony Hayes
Peter Phelps
Gil Hubbard
Bill Hunter
Kieran Darcy-Smith


Nash Edgerton

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