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.
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell