They’re a weird mob

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my partner about her day at work. She teaches English to skilled migrants.

She was telling me about a question she had from a student concerning use of the word “bloody”. Where’s the bloody sauce, that’s bloody good, he’s a bloody idiot, bloody hell, etc. You can imagine the confusion. It can add emphasis to the good, the bad, express annoyance, express delight and so much more.

Anyway, I told her about “Kings Bloody Cross” – a line from the classic Australian 1966 film: “They’re a weird mob”. My partner only arrived in Australia in 1981 and didn’t know about the film. It is the story of an Italian immigrant who lands in Australia in the mid 1960’s and the cultural shock he goes through.

I went to You Tube to find the relevant “Kings Bloody Cross” clip but found the whole movie was available and in good quality. We AirPlayed it to the Apple TV and enjoyed all ninety or so minutes of it. It is a great look at Sydney in the mid sixties, when I was born, and it captures perfectly, I think, the “Aussie culture” or the day, much of which still exists today.

Here it is on YouTube

Part one : http://youtu.be/WTuL3XnZpoQ
Part two : http://youtu.be/JuEzthzw_DM

Watch it, it is bloody good.

1 thought on “They’re a weird mob”

  1. Andrew, I’ve just come across this article about “They’re A Weird Mob”. I saw this film in 1966, in England (where I still live) when I was 18, but had forgotten the title. The only thing I could remember – it has stuck in my mind over all these years – was the line: “Kings Bloody Cross”. I Googled the three words, and your website appeared with all the details. I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the information. I look forward to watching the film again, using your supplied YouTube links (which, having checked, they still work). Thanks again.

    Looking at some of your other posts I can see you are involved in environmental issues. “Good on ya”, as I believe they say in Australia – although I could be wrong, of course.

    I note your previous posts about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Trump, of course, wants to withdraw from so many agreements designed for the betterment of humankind, that it’s a pity his father – Fred (who was born in Sweden, Germany AND New York) – didn’t withdraw at an appropriate moment and save us all a lot of grief!

    Best wishes

    Peter Hurley


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