Stuck in a foreign country with limited knowledge of its customs, Nino lands a job as a builder’s labourer where he gets a fast lesson in the local vernacular and Australian way of life.
“They’re a Weird Mob casts a satirical light on Australian attitudes towards so-called ‘New Australians’ – in this case, Italian immigrants – as personified by Nino (Bellissima star Walter Chiari)… [Features] a veritable cavalcade of Australian actors and entertainers, including the legendary Chips Rafferty, stand-up comic Slim DeGrey and future Crocodile Dundee sidekick John Meillon…[the film] broke local box office records and pointed the way towards the coming new wave.” Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Anybody who has the subtitles on for Kath & Kim will get the joke” The Daily Telegraph
They’re a Weird Mob
20 Aug - 29 Aug
The first of two features made in Australia by great British auteur, Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom), They’re a Weird Mob features Italian star Walter Chiari as a visiting sports reporter culturally in over his head when he arrives in Sydney expecting to work for a bilingual magazine but discovers his contact has skipped town. Adapted from Nino Culotta’s (aka John O’Grady’s) comic novel set in Menzies-era Australia.