I remember being tucked up in bed, maybe I was five or six, and listening to my dad tell me a story about a boulder named Barry. I could be wrong, but I think he was reciting it from memory. Or making it up. Either way, I don’t recall there being a book in his hands and I’ve never seen or heard the story again since. I must ask Dad next time I see him. Continue reading Like a Rolling Stone
The film opens with the captain of the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team (Simon Mannering) walking through a door marked ‘Staff Only’. As the door closes, the action cuts quickly to a young boy (James Tamou), also a New Zealander who, at the age of 13, leaves his country of birth to move to a mysterious island to the west. We soon learn that Tamou, now a grown man, has joined the North Queensland Cowboys (also a rugby league club, based at the cleverly named 1300SMILES Stadium). It is there that he begins his association with the premier halfback in the National Rugby League (Johnathan Thurston), a man well known for his maniacal laughter.
At the beginning of every match, we enter a world where anything is possible, where everything we’ve imagined during the week could become a reality.
As much as the Cowboys like to publicly suggest otherwise, it’s no secret that in recent years the fate of their season tends to ride on the fate of their sheriff, Jonathan Thurston. Blessed not only with incredible skills on the footy field, JT’s laugh is legendary, widely regarded as the best in the business.