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Is This the Real World (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 June 2016 (Australia)
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Forever Young. Mark Blazey is a high school kid who's going to stay young. Even if it kills him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Keenan ... Mark
Greg Stone ... Mr. Rickard
Susie Porter ... Anna
Charlotte Best ... Kim
Matt Colwell Matt Colwell ... Jimmy
Julia Blake ... Gamma
Jack Finsterer ... Edgo
Elise MacDougall Elise MacDougall ... Marley
Tim Grimes Tim Grimes ... Bodhi
Michael Logo Michael Logo ... Tank
Benjamin Johnson Benjamin Johnson ... Dodds
Jiordan Tolli Jiordan Tolli ... Caitlyn
Sophie Wright Sophie Wright ... Lana
Hannes Berger Hannes Berger ... Mr. Kelly
Philip Chen Philip Chen ... Chu


In the real world you can't just do what you want. In the real world you have to compromise. Mark Blazey does not want to live in the real world. Living in a semi-industrial coastal town, seventeen-year old Mark is a smart kid from a chaotic family who has just thrown away a scholarship to a private school and found himself at the local high. At school Mark is zeroed in on by an overbearing principal who dominates everything around him. At home Mark is dealing with a jail-bound brother, his grandmother is fighting for her life, and a mum who's short fuse is kept doused with cask wine. His little sister is someone he wants to protect. When Mark finds his first real love he tries to escape all the forces in his life with her. But his love is with the daughter of his nemesis, the school principal. Simmering tensions boil over between the student and the teacher, between the son and his mother.

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The world just got real.




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2 June 2016 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Best Aussie movie I've seen this year
11 December 2016 | by jameswelkingtonSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on a plane coming home and I'm not ashamed to admit I got really emotional at the end. The main guy in it is the original Lochie Leonard and was in Puberty Blues too (Sean Keenan) and he is brilliant in it. It's a story with all these gaps in it where you get to work out that happens and then by the end you kind of realise you've been totally drawn into a family and all the stuff that goes down when things don't go right. It's all so real. School looks real. Home looks real. And the BMX riding is super excellent. It's not an action movie, it's an emotional story with heart and brains. Okay, so I totally get this is not a mainstream flick, but for something out of the usual this is a winner.

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