Andrew Dominik (2000)

18 Certificate


Our Score
An extraordinary movie about an extraordinary man, this is the boldest Australian film in a decade. Downbeat, gritty and ultra-violent, the sensational feature debut of rock-video director Andrew Dominik is a long, sharp shock to the system and offers a show-stopping central performance from Eric Bana (at the time better known for stand-up comedy). This totally unclassifiable biography of notorious criminal Mark "Chopper" Read mixes startling facts from his numerous bestsellers (one was titled How to Shoot Friends and Influence People) with large doses of pulp fiction regarding the supposed 19 murders that he committed. Using a wild array of stylistic tricks - harsh lighting, frenetic camerawork for the drug-taking, characters speaking in rhyming couplets - Dominik's fascinating, funny and frightening look at Read's playful sadism is a masterpiece of innovation. Bana - the real Chopper's casting suggestion - is simply flawless, enacting the man's wicked humour and mood swings with total conviction. You can't help but laugh while being appalled by this portrait of degenerate brutality, neatly summed up by the opening line: "I'm just a normal bloke who likes a bit of torture."


Fact-based Australian drama charting the rise and fall of notorious criminal Mark `Chopper' Read, based on events described in his best-selling autobiographical books, some of which he wrote while serving a jail sentence for murder. Starring Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Daniel Wyllie and Bill Young.

Cast & Crew

Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read Eric Bana
Jimmy Loughnan Simon Lyndon
Keithy George David Field
Bluey Dan Wyllie
Detective Downey Bill Young
Neville Bartos Vince Colosimo
Keith Read Kenny Graham
Tanya Kate Beahan
Director Andrew Dominik
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 24 Nov 2000