Based on Aussie comedian Damian Callinan’s successful one man stage show…

“Set against the political backdrop of Australia’s refugee policy and the racism it generates, Mark Grentell’s The Merger (2018) uses the genre of the sports film to explore – and ultimately challenge – the attitudes around this hotly contested topic.” – The Conversation

Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters

The former star footballer now turned social justice campaigner befriends a young wannabe filmmaker who recently lost his father and is persuaded, despite opposition, into coaching the town’s struggling team. He then recruits refugees to make up the team with hilarious results, taking the community on a journey of change. Despite the challenges, as a Grand Final Win emerges as a possibility, the locals and refugees that combine the team realize that The Merger has already won!

The film stars Damian Callinan (Backyard Ashes), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and John Howard (Mad Max: Fury Road) and has garnered some strong critical acclaim including:

CGA (Casting Guild of Australia Awards) Award NOMINEE, Best Casting in a Feature Film, Faith Martin

AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association) Award NOMINEE, Best Actress – Kate Mulvany

FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Award NOMINEE, Best Actress – Kate Mulvany

AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award NOMINEE, Best Lead Actress – Kate Mulvany

AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award NOMINEE, Best Supporting Actor – Fayssal Bazzi

People’s Choice Award NOMINEE, Best Narrative Feature, Melbourne International Film Festival

“The Merger presents Sport as a platform for human connection that crosses class structures and culture.” – The Guardian

2018 / 103 minutes / Color / English / A film by Mark Grentell


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