So here's The Incredible Suit's unsolicited but invaluable cut-out-and-keep guide to the most fun bunch of Aussies since the Rebecchi family. Bonzer!
Nash Edgerton - Actor, writer, director, editor, stuntman. Doubled as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Played "Security Guard #5" in The Matrix Reloaded.
Joel Edgerton - Actor, writer, director. Looked bored as Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels. Was brilliant as Barry Brown in Animal Kingdom.
Kieran Darcy-Smith - Actor, writer, director. Played "John Harrop" in Animal Kingdom. I've seen it twice and I can't remember seeing him. Soz KDS.
David Michôd - Actor, writer, director. Wrote and directed Animal Kingdom, starred as "Nurse #2" in Aussie toilet-based comedy Kenny. Not sure which of those two achievements is the greatest.
Luke Doolan - Actor, writer, director, editor, cinematographer. Edited Animal Kingdom. Never appeared in Neighbours as far as I can tell.
Spencer Susser - Writer, director, editor. The American one. May be responsible for the recent theft of Alan Davies' hair.
Tony Lynch - Stuntman, actor, cinematographer. Performed stunts in Superman Returns, M:I-2 and He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, which is the best movie title ever.
The Blue-Tonguers, as I'm sure they don't want to be called, have all either written, directed, edited or acted in their own - and each other's - short films. Some of the early shorts are essentially showreels for Nash Edgerton's stunt skillz, but the rest range from thoughtful crime dramas to alien bodysnatcher nonsense. They're all on the Blue-Tongue Films website and if you've got an afternoon spare you could do worse than sit and watch them all.
If you've only got an hour spare though, here are five of the best (and if you've only got ten minutes, just watch Spider):
(2007, d. Nash Edgerton, w. Nash Edgerton & David Michôd)From mundanely familiar to blackly comic via horrifyingly shocking, Spider is Safe For Work but be warned: you will probably swear out loud twice.
I Love Sarah Jane
(2007, d. Spencer Susser, w. Spencer Susser & David Michôd)A kids' love story with zombies (better than it sounds), I Love Sarah Jane stars a young Mia Wasikowska as a potty-mouthed girl who impresses the boys with her spade-wielding proficiency. "Word" on "the street" is it's being turned into a feature.
(2007, w. & d. David Michôd)The second of three shorts directed by Michôd, Crossbow is as atmospheric as Animal Kingdom and displays the same eye for a beautiful depiction of mundanity and terror in the same frame.
(2009, w. & d. Luke Doolan)Doolan received massive plaudits for this wish-fulfilment tale, including an Oscar nomination in 2010.
(2010, w. & d. Joel Edgerton)
Features no actual monkeys but some great Australian mullets.
The Feature Films
Solitary Endeavour On The Southern Ocean
(aka Solo) (2008, d. David Michôd & Jennifer Peedom)
(2008, d. Nash Edgerton, w. Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner)
I haven't seen this either.
(2010, d. & w. David Michôd)
Ooh, I've seen this one. Did I mention it's completely brilliant?
(2010, d. Spencer Susser, w. Spencer Susser & David Michôd)
I haven't seen this because it hasn't got a UK distributor yet. Considering buying it myself.
Wish You Were Here
(2011, d. Kieran Darcy-Smith, w. Kieran Darcy-Smith & Felicity Price)
This has been a public information post by The Incredible Suit on behalf of Blue-Tongue Films. You're welcome.