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.