13 September 1999 | EdgarB
Intense study of the male psyche
The gripping Erskineville Kings is a great film. One brother returns to Sydney after a long absence in the country. He's there for his abusive father's funeral. Big bro is not happy about his prolonged absence, having been left looking after Dad in his final years. The fact their mother fled her unhappy marriage years ago makes the absence even more painful.
The film is set on a hot summer day, and, like typical Australian males, the boys head off with a few mates to the pub. After all, alcohol is needed to make these guys open up. The beer, the sticky heat and the awkward reunion makes for an explosive mix.
The film is as tense as The Boys, but the characters are more rounded than David Wenham's thoroughly evil Brett Sprague.
This is a film about men and their problems, so the film's sole female lead is a little under-developed.
A great effort. Hugh Jackman is incredible.