The Italian Job meets cheap jugs and a student union gig in this early Geoff Murphy (Pork Pie, Quiet Earth, Utu) heist tale. Tank Busters' plot follows some Vic Uni students — short on exam fees and beer money — and their scheme to crack a campus safe ... the things kids got up to before internal assessment! Murphy enlisted $4000 and a bevy of mates (including Bruno on bongos) to make the film over nine months of weekends. It screened on TV on New Year’s Eve 1970; its assured pace and tyro verve in stark contrast to the stage-derived telly standards of the time.
As far as I’m concerned until you get your memory back, I’m not going to let you out of my sight.– Bruno to the winsome student clerk who’s forgotten where the stash is
The copyright for this title is held by Geoff Murphy.
Music: Underdogs, Acme Sausage Company, John Charles, Malcolm McNeil (vocals)
Available to buy at the Film Shop.