Legs pitches comic truth

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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