Australia’s ‘The Merger’ Heads Home Jan. 28 From IndiePix Films

IndiePix Films has set a Jan. 28 release date for The Merger, an Australian comedy/drama film based on comedian Damian Callinan’s acclaimed solo show of the same name.

It will be available on DVD and digital on demand at a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Directed by Mark Grentell, the 2018 film stars Penny Cook (A Country Practice), Nick Cody (Please Like Me), Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai), Aaron Gocs, Sahil Saluja (Tomorrow, When the War Began), and Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit).

Filmed in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, the film follows a former football star turned social justice campaigner as he returns to his home town and is persuaded into coaching the town’s struggling Australian Rules Football team. The town is struggling, there is a drought that won’t let up, and jobs are scarce — so the team has no choice but to merge with another club.

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The film was a People’s Choice Award nominee at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and led to Kate Mulvany and Fayssal Bazzi’s nomination for Best Lead and Supporting Actress at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.