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    Russell Crowe derrière la caméra !
    22 mars 2007 à 16:00
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    L'acteur Russell Crowe réalisera prochainement "Bra Boys", drame inspiré d'un documentaire sur la vie de trois frères spécialisés dans la pratique du surf en Australie.

    Après avoir goûté à la vie provençale dans Une grande année de Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe retourne vers ses terres natales pour effectuer ses débuts de réalisateur avec un film intitulé Bra Boys. Ce dernier, basé sur un documentaire dont Russell Crowe est le narrateur, suit le parcours des frères Sunny, Koby et Jai Abberton, jeunes surfeurs sur la plage de Maroubra, en Australie, qui vont donner naissance à un vaste mouvement de contre-culture via la pratique de leur discipline. Bra Boys, dont le scénario est signé par Stuart Beattie, le scénariste de Collateral, s'inspire également d'un livre qui raconte la vie de ces surfeurs marginaux. Le film sera produit par Universal et Brian Grazer de Imagine Entertainment, la société de production de Ron Howard. Russell Crowe avait travaillé avec ce dernier sur De l'ombre à la lumière, dans lequel il prête ses traits aux boxeur Jim Braddock.

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    • Caco
      Controversial film exposes Sydney surfing underbellyMon Apr 9, 2007 12:29PM EDT y Michael Perry SYDNEY, April 9 (Reuters Life!) - A documentary narrated by Russell Crowe about Sydney's notorious Bra Boys surf gang has broken box office records, drawing audiences with its gritty expose of the drugs and despair that shape the surfers' lives. Some critics have slammed "The Bra Boys", about gang members who defend their beloved Maroubra Beach with their blood, for promoting violence and substance abuse. Some even accused it of glorifying the tribalism that led to the 2005 race riots at Sydney's Cronulla Beach.Reuters Pictures "The issues of drugs, drunkenness and thuggery are never addressed," wrote Rob Lowing in The Sydney Morning Herald's review in which the film was rated 5 out of 10. But at its March premiere in Sydney, Oscar-winner Crowe told reporters the documentary depicted some of the ills of Australian society and how some people have to fight to survive. Maroubra Beach may be only 5 kms (3 miles) south of Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, but it could be on another planet. While the same surf rolls onto both beaches, Bondi's cosmopolitan lifestyle is nowhere to be seen at Maroubra. The Bra, as it is called by locals, many of whom have tattooed the beach's postcode on their body, remains a working class suburb. There are no ritzy cafes or boutiques or tourist buses. Here, there is only one rule -- the locals' rule. The film opens with an historical perspective of Maroubra, which in aboriginal means "place of thunder", says Crowe, who met the Bra Boys as co-owner of a football team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which draws players from poorer suburbs. Crowe tells the audience that Maroubra has "a poor history, but rich characters". In the 1930s the poor erected tents on Maroubra's sand alongside Aborigines, but were later forced off the beach and into government housing estates in the hills. Maroubra is shadowed by Australia's biggest jail, Long Bay, which Crowe says "serves as a constant warning to the community below", adding that many youth were been born into domestic abuse, drunkenness and drugs. "Over the decades the beach and surf has been their savior," explains Crowe. The film has grossed $900,000 at the box office, a record for an Australian documentary, since it opened on March 15. SURF TO SURVIVE One Maroubra family is the Abbertons -- Sunny, Jai, Koby and Dakota - all surfers and the founding members of The Bra Boys. Koby is one of the world's best big wave riders, chasing 30 foot (9 metre) waves in Hawaii, Fiji and Australia. The film is co-directed and written by former professional surfer Sunny who explains how his brothers, and other young surfers at Maroubra, formed their own family to survive a life of poverty, squalor and despair. "Growing up we had a lot of crazy things happen, like guns held to our heads, chased down the street with people shooting at us," says Koby, who left home at 12 because his mother was a heroin addict and her boyfriend a bank robber. In one segment of the documentary, several Bra Boys, their faces obscured, point out scars they got from being stabbed or shot. Their testimonials of solidarity are interspersed with home videos of street brawls and blood-splattered gang members. But the film also tells the story of how this underbelly of violence almost destroyed the Abbertons. In 2003, Jai shot dead a man and with Koby's help dumped his body off a Maroubra cliff. Jai was charged with murder and Koby, who has the words "My Brothers Keeper" tattooed across his chest, with being an accessory. While on bail and facing possibly 15 years in jail, Koby traveled the world surfing some of the biggest and most dangerous waves he could find. When the jury finds both Koby and Jai not guilty, the emotions that bind these brothers and their extended family, the Bra Boys, is intense. To celebrate, the Abbertons head off to Australia's southern desert coast to surf a giant wave called Cyclops in shark infested water. The Abbertons have since formed a charity, Street to the Beach, to bring children from deprived suburbs to the surf in the hope of giving them the same lifebuoy the Bra Boys had. "We are trying to pass that back down to the next generation," says Sunny.
    • Caco
      Les gars qui ont inventé le skate board ont été à l'origine d'un "sport" ultra populaire et l'inspiration de nombreux nouveaux sports de glisse. Mais ont-ils été à l'origine d'un mouvement underground, d'un gang de marginaux qui, à part le surf, n'avait d'autres loisirs que l'alcool, la drogue, le sexe et les batailles rangées avec la police ou d'autres surfers ? Ont-ils été sous le coup d'une accusation de meurtre ? Ce film ressemblera-t-il à Lords of Dogtown ? Je ne sais pas, mais le sujet de Bra Boys me paraît un peu plus sulfureux...
    • Caco
      :lol:
    • CMARCHAND
      Si Russell Crowe m'envoie une planche de surf dans la gueule, je dirais : A l'eau ?
    • Caco
      Fais gâffe ou tu vas te prendre une planche de surf dans la gueu... et ça fait plus mal qu'un téléphone ! :p "I am shepherding the project ... but at this point I have not been approached to direct it," Crowe told The Australian. De Crowe au journal The Australian : "Je monte le projet... Mais à ce stade, je n'ai pas été approché pour réaliser le film."
    • 0cel0t
      :D :D :D C une production Universal Mobile?(dsl :saint: ) L'histoire ressemble un peu à Lords of Dogtown, remplacez le skate par le surf.
    • DENZELWASH
      :lol: (merde, j'ai rigolé) :sweat: Interressant, quasiment tous les grands acteurs passent un jour ou l'autre de l'autre côté de la caméra !
    • CMARCHAND
      J'èspère qu'il sait mieux se servir d'une caméra que d'un téléphone.
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