The Castle

May 7, 1999 0 By Fans
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A Melbourne family is very happy living where they do, near the Melbourne airport (according to Jane Kennedy…

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.5/10 (6,952 voted)

Rob Sitch

Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry

A Melbourne family is very happy living where they do, near the Melbourne airport (according to Jane Kennedy, it's "practically their back yard"). However, they are forced to leave their beloved home, by the Government and airport authorities. 'The Castle' is the story of how they fight to remain in their house, taking their case as far as the High Court.

Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner


Michael Caton

Darryl Kerrigan

Anne Tenney

Sal Kerrigan

Stephen Curry

Dale Kerrigan

Anthony Simcoe

Steve Kerrigan

Sophie Lee

Tracey Kerrigan

Wayne Hope

Wayne Kerrigan

Tiriel Mora

Dennis Denuto

Eric Bana

Con Petropoulous

Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Lawrence Hammill

Robyn Nevin

Federal Court Judge

Costas Kilias


Bryan Dawe

Ron Graham

Monty Maizels


Lynda Gibson


John Benton

Mr. Lyle

There's no place like this home!

Release Date: 7 May 1999

Filming Locations: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Opening Weekend: $29,452
(9 May 1999)
(7 Screens)

Gross: $861,789
(11 July 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Final cinema film of John Lee.


When Daryl Kerrigan receives an ashtray as a present at the beginning of the film, he says he doesn't smoke; but during the second court appearance (when he meets the QC) he goes outside for a cigarette.


Dale Kerrigan:
If Dad is the backbone, Mum is the other bones. All of 'em.

User Review

Don't damn it just coz you don't get it.


This is an very Australian film built for a particular sense of humour.
Having lived in both Sydney and Melbourne, I feel I can say that this will
appeal more to the Melbourne than the Sydney sense of humour.

Forget "The Crocodile Hunter", Nicole Kidman or Russel Crowe. This is a
closer to your typical Australian.

Reading the other comments, two things surprised me.

1) That anybody outside Australia, the UK, NZ or Ireland actually got this
movie. To those Americans who praised it, thank you for taking the time to
appreciate something outside your normal experiences.


2) The ferocity with with those who didn't get it damned the

The Castle is very very clever. Yes, there are references to "wogs" and
"lebs", but if given how that's exactly how a large percentage of these
ethnic groups refer to themselves, they are terms without power and thus
rarely used in a racist sense. Melbourne is a wog city. It has the largest
Greek population outside of Greece and is the third largest Greek city in
the world. It also feature a huge population of first, second or third
generation Italians. Some of my ex-coworkers sounded like they were
out the Godfather. Then there are the lebs and the polacks and and a great
mix of European Cultures.

Wogs. The lot of them. 🙂

To reduce the movie to laughing at the lack of intelligence in the family
to picking on racial minorities (not that the wogs are a minority in
Melbourne), is to miss the point entirely. If you don't live in Aus, I can
fully understand why this would be the case.

But simply because a movie is a outside your understanding or experience
doesn't fit your personal expectations of what is "funny" it no reason to
condemn it. Once you get more sophisticated than "Beverly Hills Cop", you
are not going to carry 100% of the audience, and the audience shouldn't
expect that it would. (Notable exceptions exist.. Dead Poets' Society
immediately comes to mind)

Personally, I like movies is one that makes a social comment, or those
a rift in society and stir informed debate. The Castle is a reflection on
the "Australian Dream", if such a thing exists, which is that everybody
should get "A fair go". This is streets apart from the American dream of
riches beyond imagination at the expense of everything else, and
the great difference between the two cultures.