I thought this movie might be something about going clubbing. I thought it would be another dodgy Aussie movie. I was wrong. Clubland is one of the best Australian movies I’ve seen in a long time. A real family drama, the movie focuses on a dysfunctional family, including the matriarch, Jean, a British once-(semi)famous comedian trying to revive her dying career in clubs, and her son, Tim, a shy young man trying to find his own life outside the shadow of his over-domineering mother.
The tense and also tender family relationships really hit a nerve. We’ve all had moments where we think our family is the nuttiest, most impossible family that ever existed. I felt like mine was quite sane after watching this movie.
One of things I love about Australian movies is that when they get it right, boy do they get it right. Just like Murial’s Wedding, Clubland is touching, uncomfortable, warm, romantic, funny, painful and finally, joyful. Everything a good movie should be.