Film synopsis

Based on a true-life story, MR RELIABLE (also known as MY ENTIRE LIFE) is a hostage story with a twist, exploring a unique and calamitous incident of suburban Aussie mayhem, from the AFI Award-winning director of MALCOLM and MATCHING JACK.

During a scorching 1968 Sydney summer, convicted car thief Wally Mellish (Colin FrielsMALCOLM) attempts to turn over a new leaf and bask in the fulfilment of family, despite a changing social landscape.

Out of prison and in love with single mum Beryl (Jacqueline Mckenzie – ROMPER STOMPER) the two shack up to enjoy the best of family life in a quiet suburban street. But it is not long before Wally resorts to his old-fashioned ways and trips up on a minor misdemeanour that soon becomes blown out of proportion.

Not wishing to return to prison, Wally takes the matter into his own two hands, raising a shotgun to the surrounding police, inadvertently beginning a household siege of outrageous scope.

A madcap tale of misunderstandings, nosy neighbours, underdogs and a media circus gone wild, MR RELIABLE also features Susie Porter, Jonathan Hardy and Barry Otto.

Running time

109 Minutes

Year of production



Colin Friels
Jacqueline McKenzie
Ken Radley


Nadia Tass


Michael Hamlyn, Terry Hayes, and Jim McElroy