Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Romulus, My Father

Set in early 1960s rural Australia, Romulus, My Father tells the story of a young boy and a tumultuous family life and their continuous economic hardships.

Set in early 1960s rural Australia, Romulus, My Father tells the story of a young boy and a tumultuous family life and their continuous economic hardships. In his directorial debut, the Australian Richard Roxburgh has adapted the film from the memoir by the philosopher Raimond Gaita. Played by the adorable Kodi Smit-McPhee, Raimond is a precocious and inquisitive boy who sees through his separated parents' attempts to hide their problems. With his mother living in the city, Raimond is raised primarily by his father (Eric Bana), a salt-of-the-earth man whose strained attempts at farming and livestock are just successful enough for him to send money to Christine, his estranged wife (Franka Potente). She moves in with the brother of Romulus's best friend, causing pain for Romulus, and confusion for Raimond about where his loyalties should lie. Christine suffers from depression and when her relationship becomes abusive and violent, attempts suicide. Perhaps most touching in this film is Raimond's affection for his baby sister, Susan. Seeing the gaps of love and caring that his mother does not provide for the infant, Raimond steps in. And when he hears that his mother has made an effort to get her life back together by working in a factory and putting Susan in a foster home, Raimond turns his back on her. A moving, honest film about relationships, loyalty and forgiveness, Romulus, My Father succeeds in its character development, offering emotional performances without overacting. *The National

* Jessica Hume

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greeted by university students as he leaves Sistan University in Sistan and Baluchestan’s provincial capital of Zahedan on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

In Iran’s most troubled province, Rouhani hears pleas for change

Hassan Rounani aims to connect with residents of far-flung Sistan and Baluchestan province.

 Prince Bandar bin Sultan in Riyadh on March 3, 2007. Hassan Ammar / AFP Photo

Saudi Prince Bandar promised a victory he could not deliver

Saudi Arabia's controversial intelligence chief stepped down this week after rumours that his policies on Syria had fallen out of favour.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 Twitter photo of  Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the campaign trail on March 30. Photo courtesy-Twitter/@SisiCampaign

El Sisi rides a bicycle, kicks off social media storm

The photos and video created a huge buzz across social media networks, possibly a marker of a new era for Egypt.

 Friday is UN Mine Awareness Day and Omer Hassan, who does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan, is doing all he can to teach people about the dangers posed by landmines. Louise Redvers for The National

A landmine nearly ended Omer’s life but he now works to end the threat of mines in Iraq

Omer Hassan does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan and only has to show people his mangled leg to underscore the danger of mines. With the world marking UN Mine Awareness Day on Friday, his work is as important as ever as Iraq is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

 Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish spiritual leader Fethullah Gulen. AFP Photo

The inner workings of Gulen’s ‘parallel state’

Fethullah Gulen's followers are accused of trying to push Turkey's prime minister from power.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National