The Square (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Square (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 2,622 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 31 July 2008 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Filming Location: Caringbah, New South Wales, Australia
  • Gross: $404,898(USA)(18 July 2010)
  • Director: Nash Edgerton
  • Stars: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom and Joel Edgerton
  • Original Music By: Frank Tetaz  (as Francois Tetaz) 
  • Soundtrack: This Life Is Sweet
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Christmas | Money | Love | Party | Christmas Tree

Writing Credits By:

  • Joel Edgerton (written by) and
  • Matthew Dabner (written by)
  • Joel Edgerton (original story)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash. Full summary »  »

    Story: Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still being able to sneak off and chat about the arson. Carla's tow-truck owner hubby, Smithy, is a fearsome tough to cross, so will the philanderers' holiday gifts come through, or explode in their lying faces ?Written by David Stevens  


    Synopsis: Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run… If only it were that simple.

    Temptation turns a man’s life upside down in this noir-influenced thriller from Australia. Ray Yale (David Roberts) is a construction worker who is married to Martha (Lucy Bell) and is helping to build an upscale resort hotel just outside Sydney. Ray isn’t entirely happy in his marriage, and his roving eye has become focused on Carla (Claire van der Boom), a hairdresser who lives next door. Carla is married to a low-level mobster, Greg (Anthony Hayes), but she craves excitement and is soon having a torrid affair with Ray. Carla knows that Greg has a large bundle of cash hidden in their home, and she hatches a scheme she shares with Ray — they steal they money, set fire to the house, and run off together, with Greg imagining the cash was lost in the blaze. While Ray isn’t interested in a life of crime, he can’t say no to Carla, but when he develops cold feet at the last minute, his attempts to reach Billy (Joel Edgerton), who was hired to torch the house, are unsuccessful, and things take a turn for the worse when he learns that Greg’s aged mother was in the house when it burned to the ground. Ray quickly realizes he’s been implicated in a murder, and Billy doesn’t hesitate to use this knowledge to his advantage. The Square was the first directorial project for Nash Edgerton, who previously was one of the leading stuntmen in the Aussie film industry…

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    Produced By:

    • Matthew Dabner known as executive producer
    • Joel Edgerton known as executive producer
    • Nash Edgerton known as executive producer
    • Louise Smith known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • David Roberts known as Raymond Yale
    • Claire van der Boom known as Carla Smith
    • Peter Phelps known as Jake
    • Bill Hunter known as Gil Hubbard
    • Kieran Darcy-Smith known as Barney
    • Stephen Weston known as Charlie
    • Lisa Bailey known as Wendy
    • Lucy Bell known as Martha Yale
    • Anthony Hayes known as Greg 'Smithy' Smith
    • Damon Herriman known as Eddie
    • Brendan Donoghue known as Leonard Long
    • Luke Doolan known as Smithy's Mate
    • Greg Hatton known as Smithy's Mate
    • Joel Edgerton known as Billy
    • Hanna Mangan Lawrence known as Lily (as Hannah Mangan-Lawrence)
    • Paul He known as Restaurant Manager
    • Julian Morrow known as Dale
    • Eliza Logan known as Rita Smith
    • Amanda Crompton known as Jenny
    • Mia Irvin known as Jake & Jenny's Baby
    • Tony Lynch known as Santa the Fireman
    • Maree D'Arcy known as Smithy's Mum
    • Jacinta Hocking known as News Reporter
    • Paul Caesar known as Sergeant Gary Miles
    • Thomas Chippendale known as Thomas
    • Mia Chippendale known as Mia
    • Tracey Furchtmann known as Lauren

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Anna Gray known as additional hair and make-up
    • Jennifer Lamphee known as hair designer
    • Jennifer Lamphee known as makeup designer
    • Christine Spiller known as hair stylist
    • Christine Spiller known as makeup artist
    • Nik Dorning known as tattoo manufacture (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Marc Bergman known as props buyer/set dresser
    • Jamie Cranney known as art department attachment
    • Richard Jensen known as props buyer/set dresser
    • Simon Way known as stand-by props


    Production Companies:

    • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC) (presents) (as Film Finance Corporation Australia)
    • New South Wales Film & Television Office (in association with) (presents)
    • Film Depot Pty. Ltd.
    • Blue-Tongue Films (in association with)
    • Igloo Films

    Other Companies:

    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Showfilm  travel agent
    • Soundfirm  sound re-recording


    • Alliance Films (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Apparition (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • La Fabrique de Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • Village Roadshow Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Teleview International (2008) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Justin Alvarez known as lead compositor
    • Dan Ashton known as scanning and recording technician
    • Nick Booth known as scanning and recording supervisor
    • Romain Buignet known as digital effects artist
    • Luke Cole known as systems administrator: FUEL International
    • Sam Cole known as matchmove artist: FUEL International
    • Felix Crawshaw known as visual effects producer: Fuel VFX
    • James Fenton known as visual effects editor: Babyfoot Productions
    • Alex Fry known as visual effects supervisor: Babyfoot Productions
    • Heather Galvin known as compositor
    • Elliot Goodman known as digital compositor: Babyfoot Productions
    • Matthew Graham known as visual effects producer
    • Carlo Monaghan known as compositor: Fuel VFX
    • Dave Morley known as visual effects supervisor
    • An Nguyen known as system administrator/pipeline engineer: FUEL International
    • Kurtis Richmond known as matte artist
    • Stephen Roucher known as scanning and recording technician
    • Phil Stuart-Jones known as visual effects supervisor: FSM
    • Antonny Sugianto known as visual effects artist: Babyfoot Productions
    • Pete Williams known as digital imaging manager
    • Stuart Willis known as visual effects producer: Babyfoot Productions
    • Billy Wychgel known as colourist
    • Matthew Wynne known as compositor

    Release Date:

    • Australia 15 June 2008 (Sydney Film Festival)
    • Australia 31 July 2008
    • France 21 January 2009
    • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • USA 13 March 2009 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
    • UK 18 March 2009 (London Australian Film Festival)
    • USA 6 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • USA 11 June 2009 (CineVegas International Film Festival)
    • Sweden 20 September 2009 (Lund Fantastisk Film Festival)
    • USA 9 April 2010 (limited)
    • USA 10 April 2010 (Phoenix Film Festival)
    • Canada 16 April 2010 (Toronto)

    MPAA: Rated R for violence and language


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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