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'Wattsy' Wirth is fresh out of prison and determined to go straight. But like his ex cell-mate, Johnny Spit, and reformed gangster Dabba Barrington, he discovers that getting on the straight and narrow is a lot harder than he thought. On the outside there are old scores and old enemies, as well as a few new ones, like the newly formed Crimes Investigation Commission. With the CIC breathing down their necks and pressure from underworld boss Chicka Martin and corrupt cop Arnie Deviers, it will take Wattsy, Spit and Dabba all their street smarts and rat cunning to stay one step ahead and become square-heads.

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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Jonathan Teplitzky
Chris Nyst
Martin Fabinyi  Trish Lake  Timothy White
Executive Producers
Tim Bevan  Eric Fellner  Michael Gudinski  Kris Noble
Dir. of Photography:
Garry Phillips
Ken Sallows ASE
Production Designer:
Nicholas McCallum
Sam Worthington - David Wenham - Freya Stafford - Gary Sweet - Tim Spall
Production Completion Date
Production Company
Squared Productions
International Sales
Working Title Films Ltd
Theatrical release
2003/10/09 (Australia)
TV release
2006/12/23 (Australia)
Online release
2016/09/06 (United Kingdom)
2016/09/06 (United States)
Video release
2004/02/27 (Australia)
Cable/Sat release
2005/05/15 (Australia)

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • London Australian Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • IF Productions Pty Ltd
  • Film Critics' Circle of Australia
  • Australian Film Institute

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