Bra Boys Snigger all you like at the name of this Russell Crowe-narrated documentary, but it would be a foolish man who laughed at its subjects —…
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Bra Boys

Bra Boys | BRA BOYS Russell Crowe narrates this documentary about Australian surfers, including the director's brother and his acquittal on a murder charge
BRA BOYS Russell Crowe narrates this documentary about Australian surfers, including the director's brother and his acquittal on a murder charge

Snigger all you like at the name of this Russell Crowe-narrated documentary, but it would be a foolish man who laughed at its subjects — a gang of tough-nut surfers from the poverty-stricken Sydney suburbs. Bra Boys is partly a straightforward surf movie with impressive wave-catching footage. However, other sections track the legal troubles of Jai Abberton, a Bra Boy who was tried and acquitted of murder. This makes for an often fascinating but awkward mix. The film also positions the Bra Boys as do-gooders somewhere between Mother Teresa and Spider-Man, highlighting their antidrug stance and diplomatic dealings with other gangs. This might be connected to the fact that it was directed by Abberton's brother and fellow Bra Boy, Sunny. B-

Originally posted Apr 11, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints