Theyre a Weird Mob DVD

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Giovanni 'Nino' Culotta is an Italian immigrant, who comes to Australia as a journalist, employed by an Italian publishing house, to write articles about Australians and their way of life for those Italians that might want to emigrate to Australia.
In order to learn about real Australians, Nino takes a job as a brickie's labourer with a man named Joe Kennedy. The comedy of the novel revolves around his attempts to understand English as it was spoken in Australia by the working classes in the 1950s and 1960s. Nino had previously only learned 'good' English from a textbook.
The novel is a social commentary on Australian society of the period; specifically male, working class society. Women mostly feature as cameos in the story with the exception of Kay (whose surname is not revealed in the novel), who becomes Nino's wife. In the novel, Nino meets Kay in a cafe in Manly and their introduction is effected by Nino trying to teach Kay that she cannot eat spaghetti using a spoon.
The final message of the novel is that immigrants to Australia should count themselves fortunate and should make efforts to assimilate into Australian society, including learning to speak Australian English. However, there is also a satirical undercurrent aimed at Australian society as a country of migrants.
 1966 112 mins Comedy 35mm Colour 
 Optical Soundtrack: Mono Rated G
Director: Michael Powell
Production Company: Williamson-Powell International Films
Producer: Michael Powell
Associate Producer: John Pellatt
Unit Manager: Bruce Bennett
Scriptwriter: John Imrie (Emeric Pressburger). From a novel by Nino 
 Culotta (John O'Grady). (Imrie &Culotta are both 
Cinematography: Arthur Grant (Eastmancolor)
Camera Operator: Keith Loone, Graham Lind, Dennis Hill
Editor: Gerald Turney-Smith
Art Direction: Dennis Gentle
Production Management: Emeric Pressburger
Production Supervisor: Lee Robinson
Casting: Gloria Payten
Sound: David Copping
Sound Recording: Alan Allen,
Sound Re-recording: Ted Karnon
Sound Editors: Bill Creed and Don Saunders
Costume Design: Chris Jacovides
Wardrobe Mistress: Barbara Turnbull
Make-up: Joan Adelsteine, Barbara Still
Hair: Leon Daunais
Dialogue Coach: Max Meldrum
Location Manager: Jefferson Jackson
Assistant Director: Claude Watson
2nd Assistant Director: David Crocker
Continuity: Doreen Soan
Music: Alan Boustead and Laurence Leonard
Music Director: Laurence Leonard
Songs: Walter Chiari - 'I Kiss You, You Kiss Me', 
 Reen Devereaux - 'Big Country' and 'In This Man's
Cretan Dance: Mikis Theodorakis, from Ill Met by Moonlight
 [Powell & Pressburger, 1957]
Technical Adviser: John O'Grady
Walter Chiari Nino Culotta
Clare Dunne Kay Kelly
Chips Rafferty Harry Kelly
Alida Chelli Giuliana
Ed Devereaux Joe
Slim de Grey Pat
John Meillon Dennis
Charles Little Jimmy
Anne Haddy barmaid
Jack Allen fat man in bar
Red Moore texture man
Ray Hartley newsboy
Tony Bonner lifesaver
Alan Lander Charlie
Keith Peterson drunk man on ferry
Muriel Steinbeck Mrs Kelly
Gloria Dawn Mrs Chapman
Jeanie Drynan Betty
Gita Rivera Maria
Judith Arthy Dixie
Doreen Warburton Edie
Barry Creyton hotel clerk
Graham Kennedy as himself
Robert McDarra hotel manager
Robert Brophy
(Sources: 2003; Christie 1994, 134-5; Nash & Ross 1987, 3366; Pike & Cooper 1998 238; Screen Sound website 2003).
Released: Australia: 19 August 1966 (Pike & Cooper 1998, 238); Britain: 13 
 October 1966 (Christie 1994, 135)
Box Office: Estimates range between two and three million. Australian Film Commission ranks it as the 67th highest gross of all Australian films at $2,417,000 (AFC website 2003). No figures are available as to the number of tickets sold. On this score They're a Weird Mob would certainly rank as one of the highest in Australian history. The record run at the State Theatre in Sydney was in 1989 still unbeaten
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