(David Caesar, Australia, 1992)


Greenkeeping is a small-scale, immensely likeable Australian film from writer-director David Caesar.


It is a worthy addition to a veritable national genre: quirky tales of everyday life, where the world changes slowly and reluctantly while people struggle to communicate their feelings to each other for more than a fleeting, fumbling moment or two.


Mark Little plays Lenny, greenkeeper at a suburban bowls club that is being overtaken by time and changing customs. At home, his wife Sue (Lisa Hensley) is bored and bombed out on dope, while her dealers are getting a little restless for payment.


Caesar leisurely paints the canvas of an entire social milieu: from die-hard religious fundamentalism through to arriving multiculturalism. The film displays a special insight into typical Aussie speech patterns.


Greenkeeping is sometimes clumsy and stiffly stylised, but its downbeat humour is truly infectious.

MORE Caesar: Idiot Box, Mullet, Carcrash

© Adrian Martin January 1994

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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