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:: The Bank

Endorsed by the Australian Film Commission The Bank is the story of one boy’s life work to take on big banks. David Wenham plays the thesis-strapping mathematician with a computer program called BTSE designed to predict patterns in the stock market, and save small businesses from folding in a crash. In a world where the rich stay rich, and a head of the Board of Directors is ‘God with a better Suit’, the small country boy with an eye for investment impresses with table demonstrations of soy sauce and ink like that of the 80s Colgate and Omo television commercials.

Local viewers will feel like they are walking into a Commonwealth passbook account advertisement when they are given the introductory talk by the Centra bank about investing money for retirement as given to the primary school students of central character Jim Doyle's primary school. It is a story involving money, transactions via buttons and an incite into the trading of the stock market. It may be a learn for those who have not considered mortgages, savings, and interest, and realities of poverty are shown via the loss of life of one boy, eviction, and the poverty of his parents.

These are distanced to closed room discussions of public relations rumours, and dirty big brother tactics of the company. Centra bank has a case against them for malpractice when not advising small business owners of the dangers of banking in foreign currency. The Sheriff is also an enemy. The handlers of money in The Bank are males, a reality to clash with lead female ethics. Casting by Mulliners Consultants places Sibylla Budd as the questioning new girlfriend. A likeable Kazuhiro plays the Japanese friend and IT consultant, while Anthony LaPaglia plays the evil American. His inclusion may give the film international recognition, and estimations should also be made that he was the highest paid of the cast.

The Bank story is a fantasy of technology, an estimation of the future using mathematically inspired graphic images that impressed the eighties, the kind that make for screen savers because they still entertain. The movie has the appeal of local locations with shots of St Georges Road, Westfield Shopping Centre, and Eildon, while the city link is used and the poor shop at Savers for courtroom attire. Look out for grade school books, the ‘big swinging dick’ and ABC news quotes.

Screening at Cinema Nova, Kino Cinemas, Rivoli Cinemas, Dendy Brighton and Cinema Como