Legs pitches comic truth
aplenty when the Abbotsford Anglers embark on a tour of India in Aussie comedy Save Your Legs! Club president Ted Brown (Stephen Curry, pictured) lives for the great game and desperately tries to keep the boys together while paying homage to his hero, Sachin Tendulkar. The 91-minute film is filled with delightful Australianisms, from the players’ nicknames to Ted’s travel supply of Vegemite. Heeding advice that ‘‘uniforms open doors’’, the tourers wear candy-striped blazers, burgundy trousers, straw boater hats and cravats. However the subcontinent offers more similarities than the Aussies had expected. ‘‘Small ground, bouncy wicket and a uniform weirder than ours,’’ says flashy batsman Stav of the Indian venue and opposition. The fact the film is based on an actual tour of India by the Melbourne Abbotsford Anglers cricket club boosts its appeal. Director Boyd Hicklin tagged along on the 1990s adventure and made a documentary that has snowballed into his first feature, Save Your Legs! With a limited budget Hicklin has produced a little gem. Viewers won’t be able to help but smile.