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Mad Bastards
Theatrical film poster
Directed byBrendan Fletcher
Produced byBrendan Fletcher
David Jowsey
Alan Pigram
Stephen Pigram
Written byBrendan Fletcher
StarringDean Daley-Jones
Lucas Yeeda
Music byAlan Pigram
Stephen Pigram
Alex Lloyd
CinematographyAllan Collins
Edited byClaire Fletcher
Release date
  • 26 January 2011 (2011-01-26)(Sundance)
Running time
94 minutes
Budget$3.2 million [1]
Box office$203,598 (Australia) [1]

Mad Bastards is a 2011 Australian drama film written and directed by Brendan Fletcher. [2] It is Fletcher's debut film and it premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. [3]



Years ago, TJ (Dean Daley-Jones) abandoned his wife and son, and as time passes his conscience tells him it's time he began facing up to his responsibilities as a father. TJ is an Aboriginal man living in Western Australia and has a weakness for alcohol and a habit of getting into fights. As it happens, TJ's son Bullet (Lucas Yeeda) is nearly as troubled as he is; at the age of thirteen, he's already been arrested for arson and instead of serving a sentence in a juvenile detention home, he is released to the custody of his Elders. Bullet isn't anxious to reacquaint himself with TJ, but both realize they need to settle their scores with one another, and Bullet's Grandfather Texas (Greg Tait) steps in to help.



Mad Bastards received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning an approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Michelle Orange of SBS gave the film three stars out of five. She observed that the "over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence." However she also points out that "Fletcher’s atmospheric approach is not without moments of emotional power, and the raw, unyielding landscapes of Northwestern Australia are framed to resonant effect." [4]

Awards and nominations

AFI Members' Choice Award Brendan Fletcher, David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen PigramNominated
Best Film Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Brendan FletcherNominated
Best Young Actor Lucas YeedaNominated
Best Sound Phil JuddNominated
Nick EmondNominated
Johanna EmondNominated
ADG Award Best Direction in a Feature FilmBrendan FletcherNominated
AFCA Award Best DirectorNominated
APRA Music Award Feature Film Score of the YearNominated
Alan PigramNominated
Stephen PigramNominated
ASE Award Best Editing in a Feature FilmClaire FletcherNominated
ASSG Award Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound RecordingNick EmondWon
Inside Film Awards Independent Spirit AwardBrendan Fletcher, David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen PigramWon
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury PrizeBrendan FletcherNominated

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