Around the Block (film)

Around the Block

Theatrical film poster
Directed by Sarah Spillane
Produced by Su Armstrong
Brian Rosen
Written by Sarah Spillane
Starring Christina Ricci
Hunter Page-Lochard
Jack Thompson
Damian Walshe-Howling
Music by Nick Wales
Cinematography Martin McGrath
Edited by Veronika Jenet
Kick Pictures
Distributed by Arclight Films[1]
Release dates
  • 1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Around the Block is a 2013 Australian drama film directed and written by Sarah Spillane. The films stars Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson and Damian Walshe-Howling. The films revolves around an American drama teacher (Ricci) who develops a friendship with a sixteen-year-old Aboriginal Australian boy (Page-Lochard) during the 2004 Redfern riots.[2]

Plot synopsis

An American drama teacher named Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci), who has a passion for Shakespeare, gets the opportunity to work at a school in Sydney, Australia, where she attempts to introduce theatre as an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern in Sydney. She meets a 16 year old Aboriginal student named Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard), who lives around the block in Redfern and lives a life of drugs and violence. Chalmers presents Liam with a possibility of a life without drugs and violence by giving him the lead in the production of Hamlet, and so he must choose between pursuing his newfound dream of acting or following his family into a cycle of crime.



Filming began in June 2012 in Sydney and Redfern, New South Wales. Christina Ricci was in Australia for the four week shoot.[1]


The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, earning a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 57%.


  1. 1 2 Swift, Brendan (2012-06-15). "Around the Block, starring Christina Ricci, begins Sydney shoot". Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  2. Buchanan, Matt (2012-07-13). "Around the Block one final time". Retrieved 2012-12-26.

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