|Writers||Dan Castle (written by)
|Cast||Lachlan Buchanan Xavier Samuel Reshad Strik Kirk Jenkins Israel Cannan Ben Milliken Debra Ades Rebecca Breeds Gigi Edgley Joy Smithers Jaymes Triglone Woody Naismith Zachary Garred Scott Campbell Anthony Hayes Shane Jacobson Barry Otto June Page Cherry Ingle Luca Whitby-Otto|
|Country||Australia, Japan, USA|
|Awards||2008 Tribeca Film Festival|
|Plot||'Newcastle' is a coming-of-age/family drama/surfing movie. 17-year old Jesse lives in the shadow of his older brother Victor's failure to become surfing's Next Big Thing. Even when he's in his natural habitat of magnificent surf breaks, his blue-collar future is brought home by the coal barges that constantly line his horizon. Jesse has the natural skills to surf his way out of this reality and onto the international circuit but can he overcome his equally natural ability to sabotage himself? A momentous weekend away with his mates that includes first love and tragedy leads him to discover what's really important, and also to the performance of a lifetime.... see Newcastle on IMDb|
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A week before the Junior Surf Pro final, Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan) is determined to snatch the title from his best mate, Andy (Kirk Jenkins). Victory would mean a one-way ticket out of Newcastle and a career beyond his predestined future working on the dry dock with his father Reggie (Shane Jacobson) and older half-brother, Victor (Reshad Strik), a surfing champion himself until hit with a serious injury and now the local bad boy.
Jesse resolves to succeed where Victor failed to become a world-class champion surfer. Yet before Jesse gets his chance, he is disqualified for reckless surfing in the lead-up trial.
As a diversion, Jesse s surfing mates Andy, Scotty (Israel Cannan) and Nathan (Ben Milliken) plan a momentous weekend of waves and hedonism with some local girls Debra (Debra Ades) and Leah (Rebecca Breeds). Much to Jesse s dismay, Fergus (Xavier Samuels), Jesse s geeky, fraternal twin brother who has never even set foot on a surfboard, gets to tag along. Upon reaching the sand dunes, the teenagers swim, surf, flirt and party long into the night. Fergus is entranced by Andy, who is not at all threatened and accepts Fergus for who he is.
First light and the posse hit the waves. Andy introduces the painfully, uncoordinated Fergus to surfing. Fergus manages to catch a wave after many attempts and is elated but not for too long. When Victor and his gang arrive at the isolated beach and decide to claim the surf break, an unofficial contest ensues. The angry waves close out on the inexperienced Fergus. Victor, Andy and Jesse struggle under a rogue wave. Boards fly in the white water.
Fergus desperately reaches the surface to discover a tragedy unfolding.
Throughout it all, Jesse struggles to find his own identity and a reason to surf.
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