Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ungrateful Combination

The movie The Combination was made around Parramatta and had considerable support from the local community. It was supposed to help break ethnic stereotypes people have of the Lebanese. Parramatta Lord Mayor Tony Issa himself of Lebanese background, was a prominent supporter and the movie had its official premier at Parramatta's Riverside Theater.

So how is this support returned? By having so much disruption and straight out violence at the cinema that Greater Union has had to withdraw the film.

An Australian film about Lebanese gangs has been pulled from Greater Union cinemas in Sydney after violent outbursts at early screenings.

The Combination is the first Australian film release of the year and has been receiving rave reviews for its gritty portrayal of life in Sydney's west.

Good one guys, that's a real good way to break those stereotypes.

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