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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews

Blake HowardComment
Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and pics that only fans of the movie “Sneakers” care for.

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Wayne, a documentary about racer Wayne Gardner, slows down when it should speed up - ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON FLICKS.COM.AU

The documentary Wayne chronicles the meteoric rise of Wayne Gardner to the peak of MotoGP racing and his success eclipsing the post-apocalyptic biker imagery in the Australian consciousness, thanks to films like Mad Max and Stone. Gardner essentially willed himself from Australian steel town Wollongong through the international racing ranks and onto the grid of motorcycling’s biggest stage. The documentary portrays the early years of Gardner’s life with innovative style, animating a portrait of working-class determination and knack for seizing the opportunity.

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The Jimmy Barnes documentary Working Class Boy is very likely to make grown men cry- ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON - FLICKS.COM.AU

At about the halfway point in director Mark Joffe’s adaptation of Jimmy Barnes’ stage show and memoir Working Class Boy, Barnes’ band begins a rendition of Cold Chisel’s classic Flame Trees. In a slower rendition of one of Australia’s greatest rock anthems, Barnes’ gravelly seasoned voice delivers this stinging lyric: “Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway? Takes more than just a memory to make me cry.” Barnes may be tough enough to endure recounting his harrowing past, but Working Class Boy is very likely to make grown men cry.

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BLAKE HOWARD IS A FILM CRITIC & THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/CO-FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIAN FILM BLOG GRAFFITI WITH PUNCTUATION . BLAKE IS THE HOST OF THE ONE HEAT MINUTE PODCAST. BLAKE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ONLINE FILM CRITIC SOCIETY (AND A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING COMMITTEE), IS A CO-HOST OF GAGGLE OF GEEKS ON SYDNEY'S 2SER COMMUNITY RADIO, A COLUMNIST AT THE AUSTRALIAN ONLINE INSTITUTION DARK HORIZONS AND SWAYS THE TOMATO METER WITH ROTTEN TOMATOES APPROVED REVIEWS.