Ah, The Castle. It’s one of those Aussie films that makes you proud to call this little island home.
The Castle followed father-of-four, Darryl Kerrigan, (Michael Caton), as he fought off the compulsory acquisition of his home.
The film filled us with memorable quotes such as “straight to the pool room,” and “tell him he’s dreamin’.”
The Castle recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary. In order to commemorate that milestone, we thought we’d assemble a few true blue facts about the film.
FACT ONE: Made in five weeks.
The Castle was written, shot and edited in only five weeks. According to co-writer Santo Cilauro, the film was written in two weeks, shot in twelve days and edited in five.
FACT TWO: The location was found by door-knocking.
The house featured in The Castle was found by knocking on doors of people who lived beside Essendon Airport.
Cilauro told film reviewer Peter Malone, the crew had simply asked the Victorian home owners for their permission.
"We knocked on someone's door and said, 'Would you like to stay at the local motel while we shoot at your house?'" he said.