The Combination – Coming February 2009

February 11th, 2009

The Combination - First Logo

It’s not often you get to see how Australian films are put together. So it was exciting to see how The Combination progressed – from looking for people in a local newspaper, to early rehearsals in a small office space in the middle of Rydalmere (surrounded by industrial sites), and then finally to garnering screenings in some of the biggest cinemas across the country.

Ali Haider from The CombinationAustralian films with violent Middle Eastern themes generally don’t have the government rushing to support them, and you would be right in recalling the old adage It’s not what you know. This rings true in most cases and that’s why we see so much rubbish on screen. In any case, it’s no surprise that while HoWARd was in power, funding to the arts diminished at a rate not seen since the great depression.

The Combination was put together with private funding and filmed mainly in Granville, which is why it’s great to see a movie like this finally make its way to the big screen.

The Combination is a story written by and starring George Basha, who grew up in Guildford and who, between stints as a tradesman, has had minor acting roles in other Australian films including Blackrock.

Directed by one of Australia’s most respected actors, David Field, The Combination will be his directorial debut. The film is produced by the lovable screenwriter John Pirrie of See Thru Films.

Filming was completed by none other than Toby Oliver of Looking For Alibrandi fame and was filmed on RED (you can read about it on his blog). The film was edited by Ken Sallows whose work includes the brilliant Australian film Chopper (Hi Chop!).
So whatever you might think, you know it will look fantastic.

Will The Combination be anything like Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Café Lumière?

No, It will be more like a Takeshi Kitano Flick, say Sonantine.
Excitement, violence, and a few kicks!

The Combination

The Combination is in Cinemas Feb 26th.

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  1. Liam Gibbs says:

    This should be a good film, I’m looking forward to it. A great write up & obviously a good experience for DF. Good stuff!

  2. Lucy says:

    I spent 10 years trying to get out of Granville! I hope that the film is kind to the suburb and that not too many shots of Granville Boys feature! Can’t wait to see it.

  3. Eman says:

    iLOVED the movie combination the actors rock
    and iLOVE LOVE
    aliiii haiider
    mwa mwa mwa

  4. caroline says:

    omg one of the boyz in combination yh his brother cums to my school woot woot i got his autograph …check out cedar boyz

  5. sahar says:

    Can someone give me Firass dirani’s numba hahhahaa

  6. Poppet says:

    Awesome film guys, still to this day I enjoy watching it. Its reality in the suburbs of Sydney. Oh yeah and have lived in Guildford now for like 6 months and was able to recognise a few of the locations , this was exciting for my son. But I’m glad this movie has been made, it helps me to encourage my boy to learn self defence for protection and keep away from drugs and gangs. Its a doggy dog world in the South West

  7. ali says:

    love tis fking awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    hope they make another movie of it
    and the awesome thing is tat i have seen heaps of the actors cause they used to live close to us :D

  8. Ali says:

    The worst movie of ALL time. I cannot begin to discuss how bad this was, the acting was horrific, the plot was all over the place and oh the acting was really really bad. 1/10

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