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Malcolm (1986)

This charming Australian comedy is the story of Malcolm (Colin Friels) a young man with a genius for mechanical devices, but his shyness borders on mental disability.

When Malcolm loses his job at a Melbourne tram depot – for building his own tram! – he meets Frank (John Hargreaves) a man with a shady past who moves in to help Malcolm pay the bills.

Frank’s girlfriend Judith (Lindy Davies) moves in too, and Malcolm begins to blossom. When Frank – who has just got out of prison – discovers Malcolm’s talent for larceny, the trio begin a life of crime.

Assisted by Frank – and the remote control tinker toys he once used to pick up milk from the corner shop – Malcolm lays his plans to pull off the heist of the century.

Malcolm won 8 AFI Awards, including Best Film, in 1986. Actor John Hargreaves died in 1996, at the age of 50, from AIDS.


Malcolm Hughes
Colin Friels
Lindy Davies
Chris Haywood
Frank Baker
John Hargreaves
Tramways supervisor
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell
Mrs T
Beverley Phillips
Judith Stratford
Jenny’s Mother
Katerina Tassopoulos

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