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Romper Stomper is a Australian drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Wright in his feature film directorial debut. The film tells the story of the exploits and downfall of a neo-Nazi group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne. The film was released on 12 November The gang is led by Hando with his friend and second-in-command, Davey.
They meet Gabrielle the day after her sexually abusive, affluent father Martin has her junkie boyfriend arrested, before Gabrielle starts a romantic association with Hando. Friends visit from Canberra ; one of whom has joined the Royal Australian Navy.
A party at the warehouse follows, the next day two boys go to their local pub. Unbeknownst to them, the owner has sold it to a Vietnamese businessman. Upon seeing the new owner and his sons, they inform Hando and he and his gang arrive and savagely beat the new owner's sons. A third Vietnamese youth phones for help, before Tiger and several armed Vietnamese men descend upon the skinheads. The At The Mansion - John Clifford White - Romper Stomper (Original Soundtrack) outnumber the skinheads and force them to retreat to their rented warehouse, where the Vietnamese ransack the building before setting it on fire.
The skinheads find a new base at a nearby warehouse, after evicting a pair Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (Take 2) - Miles Davis & Gil Evans - The Complete Columbia Studio Recording squatters, and plan their revenge against the Vietnamese.
Learning that gang members plan to buy a gun, two female friends of the gang depart. Gabrielle suggests the gang burgle her father's mansion. They ransack the house, beat up Martin, smash one of his cars, and raid his wine collection. Gabrielle tells Martin the burglary is revenge for his years of abuse. Gabrielle reveals to Davey her plan to take Hando away At The Mansion - John Clifford White - Romper Stomper (Original Soundtrack) his violent life.
Martin frees himself and uses a handgun to scare away the gang before they can take any of his property. However, Davey begins to have doubts about his violent lifestyle. Gabrielle criticizes Hando's handling of the robbery, and he abruptly dumps her.
Davey announces his intention to leave at the same time and gives Gabrielle his German grandmother's address, where he will be At The Mansion - John Clifford White - Romper Stomper (Original Soundtrack). Gabrielle informs the police of the gang's location and spends the night with Davey. However, Davey reveals his doubts about his violent lifestyle, having removed the racist patches from his flight jacket out of concern for his grandmother.
While Hando is out, the police raid the warehouse and the youngest skinhead is shot in the head after pointing a deactivated gun at the police. The police arrest the rest of the gang. However, Hando watches from a distance and flees.
Arriving at Davey's flat, Hando finds his friend in bed with Gabrielle. Hando accuses her of informing the police, but Davey says they were together the whole time since leaving the squat. Hando convinces Davey to stick by him, and the trio go on the run. They rob a service station, before Hando strangles the Asian attendant to death; and, driving all night, they stop at a beach. The next morning on the beach, Gabrielle overhears a conversation wherein Hando tries to convince Davey to leave her behind.
Gabrielle sets their car on fire and admits to phoning the police. Hando attacks her, attempting to drown her in the surf. However, Davey stabs Hando in the neck with his Hitler Youth knife. After Bayou Pon Pon - Various - Cajun Dance Music fight, Davey cradles a horrified Gabrielle, watched by a busload of Japanese tourists; and Hando gazes at the ocean as he bleeds to death.
Geoffrey Wright 's script was inspired by the highly publicised crimes of leading Melbourne Neo-Nazi skinhead Dane Sweetman. Sweetman was at that time in the process of serving a life sentence in Pentridge Prison for murder. The interview could not be arranged in a timely manner due to prison regulations, so the two men commenced correspondence, and Sweetman furnished Wright with a transcript of his murder trial, from which Wright drew influence.
This influence is most clearly seen in the line delivered Scorpio - Giuliano Rizzotto - Bone Zone Hando when scaring off squatters from the warehouse: "I'll chop your legs off". It is a direct reference to Sweetman's having cut off the legs of his victim. That was one of many aspects of the film that mirrored Sweetman's life.
A further example is the characters Gabrielle, Davey, and the punk girls were all based on associates of Sweetman. Sweetman's name was conspicuously absent in the end credits, however. This issue was raised in the Australian media during the publicity phase of promoting the film. Russell Crowe acknowledged the origin of his character during an interview on Tonight Live Le Fonte Son - Schuff (File, Album) Steve Vizard in Wright has also cited Sweetman as an inspiration on the film's characters.
The film's score was released by Picture This Records. It included the orchestral music and the energetic punk rock music similar Effet de nuit - Asyndess - Desesperances the Oi! White Power labels have bootlegged the RAC tracks and released them on a 7" many times since the soundtrack's release. Ina Russian WP label released the whole soundtrack on a 12". Some people have also considered the Australian punk band the Bastard Squad to have done the soundtrack, due to the line "Jason from the Bastard Squad" being in the thank you section at the movie's end credits.
The actual versions of the RAC songs used in the film are earlier versions to what At The Mansion - John Clifford White - Romper Stomper (Original Soundtrack) up on the commercial CD—most obvious being "Fuhrer Fuhrer", which plays in the scene after Hando is notified about Vietnamese being at the Railway Hotel—Clifford-White's intonation is slightly different and there are no backing vocals in the chorus.
The film was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. Stratton would many years later clarify his rating stating: At The Mansion - John Clifford White - Romper Stomper (Original Soundtrack) think Romper Stomper was a very well-made film and an extremely well-acted film, and I thought Geoffrey Wright had a lot of talent. What troubled me about Romper Stomper was that it was made in a time, I thinkwhen there had been some racial problems with young Vietnamese people, particularly in Melbourne, and I thought the film could stir up more violence The film was highly controversial because of its violent content.
InStewart was found guilty of the racially motivated murder of Mubarek and was jailed for life. An inquiry heard that Stewart had watched Romper Stomper two days before the killing. A member of the inquiry team said he was a prolific letter writer, and much of his correspondence contained racist and violent content: "He sees himself in the correspondence starring in the film Romper Stomper as a racist thug attacking gooks ," the inquiry was told.
The Anti-Nazi League protested against the film's London premiere. Dylann Roofthe perpetrator of the Charleston church shootinghad an image of Hando dying on the homepage of his personal website. In AugustAustralian video streaming service Stan announced that it was producing Romper Stompera six-part television series, as a sequel to the film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Australian film.
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