Rom­per Stom­per

Das jack­boot

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - Steve Wright

Re­leased out now cre­ator Ge­of­frey Wright, John Ed­wards distributor Acorn Me­dia avail­able on DVD

Set 25 years after the events of Ge­of­frey Wright’s 1992 cult clas­sic of the same name, Rom­per Stom­per is an up­dated look at far- right fury that feels chill­ingly con­tem­po­rary to­day.

While its fore­bear showed Rus­sell Crowe and com­pany charg­ing around Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, un­til they burnt them­selves out, the Nazis of the TV se­ries are a far more or­gan­ised fac­tion: go­ing by the moniker ‘ Pa­triot Blue’, they claim vic­tim­hood due to their reg­u­lar clashes with an­tifas­cist group An­tifa, and its leader Blake ( Lachy Hulme) en­joys reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on rat­ings- bust­ing talk show ‘ No Quar­ter’, pre­sented by a Mus­lim- bat­ing talk show hog Jago Zoric ( played by a bril­liantly vile David Wen­ham). All the while, the charis­matic young skin­head Kane ( Toby Wal­lace) lurks in the shad­ows.

Repli­cat­ing the shock fac­tor of the film was al­ways go­ing to be a tall or­der con­sid­er­ing what of­ten passes for po­lit­i­cal dis­course to­day, so in­stead a dif­fer­ent tack is taken via the An­tifa sto­ry­line. It shows how those with the best of in­ten­tions can be drawn deep down into the rab­bit hole, and shows the sheer pol­lut­ing fac­tor of far- right sen­ti­ment, cou­pled with tabloid TV’s ten­dency to turn ten­sions into theatre to the detri­ment of peo­ple’s lives. It doesn’t say a lot that’s new, but it does pro­vide am­ple food for thought.

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