“You can pick your mates but you can’t pick your family.”
Cold Turkey explores the relationship of two brothers against a back drop of manipulative mind games.
Shane and Robby are Aboriginal brothers living in Alice Springs. Robby is leaving for a job in the opal fields of Coober Pedy. Feeling abandoned, Shane taunts him into drinking heavily and plots to find a way of stopping him from leaving.
Awakening in a prison cell, the brothers attempt to reconstruct the events of the preceding night – a long night of self-destructive drinking. Gradually the pieces of the nightmare start falling into place, or do they?
A story of disempowerment and the breaking of a spirit, Cold Turkey provides a twist on the theme of “brotherly love”.
Superbly acted by its young and mostly Aboriginal cast, and inventively directed, this intense and unsettling drama offers an insight into the emotional dimension of social dislocation and alienation among young Aboriginal men in an urban context.
- Wayne Munro - Robby
John Moore - Shane
Kelton Pell - Old Man
Christine Palmer - Bernie
Gorgy Winter - Police officer
Adam May - Police officer
Heath Farlow - Police officer
Bec Sindler - ATM female tourist
Alan ‘Oopy’ Campbell - Brother boys
Martin ‘Bobo’ Campbell - Brother boys
Ricky Ramp - Tavern bouncer
Errol Williams - Tavern barman
Melissa Middleton - Tavern girl
Jacinta Castle - Tavern girl
Neville Khan - Accident man
Netta Williams - Accident woman
Audrey Martin - Accident woman
Ida Granite - Accident woman
Trevor Adamson - Old man
Steve Laxton - Old man
- Video/DVD release date
- 2003 Australasian Video Awards, Gold Medal “Short Film Drama” 2003 Winner for “Best NT Film” and “Best cinematography” – Down Under Film Festival
- PG - Parental guidance
- Ronin Films
- David Bridie
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- National Library of Australia,
- SBS on Demand
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Other films by Steven McGregor
- 1996Marn Grook
- 2006My Brother Vinnie
- 2009In a League Of Their Own
- 2010Tales From The Daly: 'Nauiyu Nambiyu'
- 2010Intervention – 2 Years On
- 2011Running to America
- 2012Croker Island Exodus
- 2013Big Name No Blanket
- 2016Servant or Slave
- 2017The Warriors
- 2018Black Comedy (Season 3)
- 2019Black Comedy (Season 4)
- 2019Blue Water Empire
- 2020Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky
- 2021Copping it Black
- 2022True Colours
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