A group of neo-Nazi skinheads in the Melbourne suburbs become alarmed at the way their neighborhood is changing. When they find their local pub has been sold to a Vietnamese businessman, they savagely beat up the new owner's sons. Winner of three AFI Awards in 1992, including Best Actor (Russell Crowe).
In the November 11, 1992 episode of The Movie Show, Margaret and David were divided over the controversial release of Geoffrey Wright's Romper Stomper. David refused to rate the movie, expressing concern about its unflinching depiction of race-based violence in Melbourne's suburbs.
"This is in no way a pleasant film experience. It is relentlessly psychologically violent, almost nauseatingly so on occasion. However it is one of the finest films to be made in this country in recent years." - Margaret Pomeranz, ★★★★ 1/2
"I profoundly disagree with you [...] In these volatile times, with racism on the march again all over the world, this is a dangerous film." - David Stratton, Refused to rate
The TV version of Romper Stomper has an MA15+ rating
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