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Pene Patrick, Franziska Wagenfeld
After the death of his father, gifted young sportsman Tony Hobbs (Jared Daperis) is thrust into the role of caring and providing for his family. But he yearns for a life bigger and brighter than the one in which his ties currently bind him. While his grief-stricken mother (Jodie Rimmer) works nights at a call centre, Tony strives to keep his eye on the ball and his sights set on a brilliant future. With the help of an inspirational coach (Shane Connor) he undertakes a courageous and challenging journey fraught with adversity in a heart-wrenching effort to pull his family through to better times.
A coming of age story that explores the delicate and tender relationship between mother and son, PLAYING FOR CHARLIE is a powerful exploration of family spirit and hope, considered “one of the most impressive and promising local feature debuts we have seen in a decade.” – THE AGE