STAR: Actor Steve Le Marquand in a scene from the film Broke.
STAR: Actor Steve Le Marquand in a scene from the film Broke. Contributed

Broke: ‘True-blue’ account of despair

BEN Kelly had it all: the sporting skills, the fame, the women, the money. So why is he now stealing and living in the streets of Gladstone, Queensland?

An aging rail worker, Cec, finds his former footy hero turned washed up gambling addict, Ben 'BK' Kelly passed out late one evening and decides to take him in.

Through the love and support of Cec and his single parent daughter, Terri, BK finally finds the courage he was once famous for on the field, off it, to tackle his demons head on.

The film, written and directed by Heath Davis, is not about gambling addiction or sports culture, but it includes elements of that, without becoming a pamphlet.

"The idea for this film came to me about a decade ago. I grew up in Western Sydney, a rugby league culture, and I remember one of my favourite players, idolised in the field, a captain and legend of the club - I remember seeing him mid-week at the local pub with a gambling addiction," Mr Davis said.

The action occurs among what is called "Australian bogan culture" but this film does not use it as a comedy element, to highlight lack of education or to explain any behaviour, like in many other TV and cinema scripts.

Screening and Q&A with Heath Davis at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Friday, April 22, from 7pm. $20.



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