|Directed by||Gian Carlo|
|Produced by||Matthew Salleh|
|Written by||Gian Carlo|
|Starring||Terry Rogers |
|Music by||Matthew Salleh|
|Edited by||Aaron Schuppan|
|Distributed by||Urtext Film Productions|
|Release date||25 February 2009|
|Running time||101 minutes|
Offside is a 2009 Australian romantic comedy film written and directed by Gian Carlo Petraccaro (under the name Gian Carlo), and produced by Matthew Salleh at Urtext Film Productions.
Charlie (Terry Rogers) is the good-looking, hard-working brother who runs Uncle Vito's cafe, as well as the local soccer club. He enjoys casual success with women, but is careful to avoid commitment. The other brother, Frank (Peter Evangelista) is an unemployed dreamer who studies the Joga Bonito, Total Football and Johan Cruyff, while functioning as the coach of their suburban football team. For Charlie it is all about winning; for Frank it is all about the pursuit of excellence.
Meanwhile, their suburban team is made up of old school friends who have a range of issues of their own. Damon (Peter Michell) is married to Isabella (Elena Carapetis), who is slowly turning her ocker husband into an Italian. Angelo (Sam Tripodi) is married to Lisa (Kimberley Hart); she wants him to focus on starting a family. Kon (Frank Romeo) and Mark (Saxon Cordeaux) are slackers; they work for Sarah (Chloe Gardner), who fancies Charlie. And Charlie fancies Katie (Georgii Speakman), the unattainable sexy blonde with a secret.
The guys are all approaching the end of their football careers. Family responsibilities, age and business pressures combine to make this their last season together and they would love to go out as champions. To this end, they embrace serious training and adopt a few questionable tactics. When Uncle Vito (Gabriel Damiani), the godfather of the piece, backs the boys to win the cup to the tune of $50,000, the tensions increase. As the team closes in on an elusive place in the Cup final, Charlie discovers true love, but has to decide if Katie is the kind of girl he can safely take home to mother.
Woven through all this is the progress of the Socceroos at the 2006 World Cup finals, with the steady success of the Australian team generating enthusiasm amongst Australians who traditionally had no interest in soccer, and increasing inspiration for the boys.
The main cast includes:
- Terry Rogers as Charlie
- Peter Evangelista as Frank
- Saxon Cordeaux as Mark
- Georgii Speakman] as Katie
- Frank Romeo as Kon
- Sam Tripodi as Angelo
- Peter Michell as Damon
- Irina Samorukov as Shakira
- Chloe Gardner as Sarah
- David Moczurad as Zoran
- Gabriel Damiani as Uncle Vito
- Rob Jano as Ralph Del Ponte
- Elena Carapetis as Isabella
- Kimberley Hart as Lisa
- Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann as Leechy
In order to play the role of Leechy, well-known media personality Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann flew to Adelaide for six hours. Once shooting was completed, he broadcast his afternoon drive-time radio show from a sister Adelaide radio station, before flying back to Sydney.
Offside started life as a script called "2nd Generation", which focussed on the way second generation migrant children often squander the hard work of their parents. Carlo added the idea of the soccer team keeping them together beyond high school, and the concept for Offside was born.
The film was independently financed, and was the first feature produced by Urtext Film Productions, an independent film company based in Adelaide, South Australia. Urtext functions as a filmmakers co-op. Once writer/director Gian Carlo took the script for Offside to Urtext, the collective quickly started making their first feature film.
It was shot in less than 30 days, in January/February 2008. Much of the work was done at night, because that was the only time the locations were available for filming. Adelaide experienced a heat wave as it usually does around that time of year and many scenes, which supposedly occur in winter, feature actors clearly dressed for an Australian summer.
The film gained enormous support from the local football community. Intense interest from numerous local businesses and individuals made private funding of the film achievable, and, as Filmink put it, "something the neighbourhood could be a part of". Many members of the Adelaide United Football Club attended screenings of the film.
The film was shot entirely in Adelaide and surrounding areas. Angelo’s home was at Burbridge Road, West Beach. Mark’s flat was at Renwick Street, Henley Beach. The Fasta Pasta restaurant on South Terrace, Adelaide was used for Uncle Vito’s coffee shop. Rigoni’s – a long-time landmark restaurant in Adelaide – was the setting for the lunch where Katie and Shakira walk out.
Football matches were staged at the TK Shutter Reserve, Klemzig (home of the North Eastern MetroStars), and in the Northern Parklands. A couple of training run scenes were shot at Montefiore Hill, with the City of Adelaide as a backdrop. The office occupied by Sarah, Mark and Kon was the BCFR Accounting offices in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. The fish and chip shop was in Fourth Avenue, Klemzig. The car scenes were all shot in Woodville. The end scenes were shot at Joe’s Kiosk, Henley Beach, which has since become a famous meeting place, for South Australian politicians.
Music by Ikochi, Fighterpilot, Laura Hill, King Daddy, Pornland, Tracer, Fireballs, Matthew Salleh, Maeder, M Williams, Andrew 'Pange' Niemoeller, The Huckleberry Swedes, Sonic Monkey, and The Secret Game.