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A mockumentary that follows Ray Shoesmith, a Melbourne hitman who is simultaneously ruthless and caring, likeable and volatile. 'Filmed' by his media student neighbour for a university ... See full summary »

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Scott Ryan

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Scott Ryan
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Ryan ... Ray Shoesmith
Ben Walker Ben Walker ... Tony Rickards
Massimiliano Andrighetto Massimiliano Andrighetto ... Massimo "Max" Totti
Kane Mason Kane Mason ... Benny
Nathaniel Lindsay Nathaniel Lindsay ... Edna
Adam Ryan Adam Ryan ... Garage Victim
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A mockumentary that follows Ray Shoesmith, a Melbourne hitman who is simultaneously ruthless and caring, likeable and volatile. 'Filmed' by his media student neighbour for a university assignment, Ray is under contract to kill a low life of the Melbourne underworld when a more tempting offer is made... Written by Danny Silver

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For the right money he can make anything disappear [Australia DVD] See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Magik See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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All of the actors are amateurs apart from the filmmaker Max whom we never see on camera. See more »

Connections

References The Guns of Navarone (1961) See more »

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I'll Be Gone
Written by Mike Rudd
Performed by Spectrum
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A magnetic and totally convincing performance by newcomer Scott Ryan
6 December 2005 | by Descartes42See all my reviews

When Melbourne hit-man Ray Shoesmith discovers that his next-door neighbour is a film student, he commissions him to document his life - the footage is to be released à la Pauline Hanson in the event of his early death. Australian filmmaker Scott Ryan is writer, director and star of The Magician. It's not the violence that Ryan focuses on, but the conversation, the banalities and intensities of human interaction and obsessive interest in detail. The film shows us what makes Ray tick as we witness first hand his brutal efficiency. It's a fake documentary played straight. It's darkly comic and totally draws you in, to the point where you wonder if it's real. It's Ryan's marvellous performance that serves as the glue that holds everything together. His character is a killer, a man who'd as soon pull the trigger as not, but without smoothing out any of the rough edges the actor makes you like him when what you should be feeling is utter loathing. And that's no small achievement. Scott Ryan has a gift for the Aussie vernacular that ensures his remarkable debut (think Chopper meets Spinal Tap) is destined for cult status.


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