19 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "The Castle"

It's 10% brains and 95% muscle, the rest is just good luck.

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1. Australians named The Castle as the movie that most accurately represents Australia, in a survey by the Australia Day Council of NSW in 2010.

3. The idea for The Castle came from a three-hour brainstorm between Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, and Jane Kennedy (a.k.a. Working Dog).

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They came up with a bunch of ideas, but decided that a story about a family who lives near an airport was their best.

4. It helped that the movie would be "simple" to make, because the members of Working Dog were using their own money to finance it and were on a super tight budget.

6. It took five weeks to create the film from the first idea to the first rough cut.

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Two weeks were devoted to writing the script, and it was shot in only 10 days.

7. Santo Cilauro says that because of time and budget constraints, the film couldn’t have been made without Michael Caton’s dedication and consistent performance over long days of filming.

11. The family were given the name Kerrigan because the filmmakers wanted to use trucks from Kerrigan’s Towing, a real life tow-truck company in Melbourne.

13. The filmmakers found the location for the Kerrigan's house by knocking on the doors of homes near the airport.

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When the owner of the house they wanted to use agreed to let them shoot there, they put him up in a hotel for the duration of filming.

14. Santo Cilauro’s dad is a lawyer, and his office was used as Denis Denuto’s office in the movie.

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That is, until the sun got in the way of their shot, and they had to move the shoot to two doors up at the local chemist, to avoid delays in filming.

Facts courtesy of IMDB, IndieWire, Peter Malone and Michael D's DVD.