Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Skins

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 09 Aug 2002

> Rene will probably know more about the antipodean film Romper Stomper,
it might be of interest to HB people, I've got a feeling it was an early role for Russel Crowe (??).... Any news fit to print Rene? Colin, short back and sides.
> --

Aside from being an excellent film, IMO, ROMPER STOMPER gave you a pretty accurate picture of Aussie skinhead culture at the time the film was made, except the skins that I used to see around were more into terrorising inner-city art student types than organised gangs of Vietnamese youth. I liked it much better than AMERICAN HISTORY X which I found to be preachy & a bit pat in its notions. (Although Ed Norton, who I just saw on the box in FIGHT CLUB a couple of days after AMERICAN HISTORY X is a very fine actor, excellent performances in both.) Russell Crowe was indeed in ROMPER STOMPER, one of his finest performances (far better than GLADIATOR, a much over-rated flick, IMO. And it goes without saying that his acting is far better than his musical ability or his manners). I forget the name of the guy who played his best bud in the film but he was brilliant. Unfortunately, he committed suicide not long after the film.


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