Ruben Guthrie

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Ruben Guthrie
Directed by Brendan Cowell
Produced by Kath Shelper
Screenplay by Brendan Cowell
Based on Ruben Guthrie (play)
by Brendan Cowell
Starring Patrick Brammall
Alex Dimitriades
Abbey Lee Kershaw
Music by Sarah Blasko
Cinematography Simon Harding
Edited by Peter Crombie
Release date
16 July 2015
Running time
93 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Ruben Guthrie is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film starring Patrick Brammall as the title character, with Alex Dimitriades and Abbey Lee Kershaw in supporting roles. The film was written and directed by Brendan Cowell, based on his play of the same name.

Plot summary[edit]

Life is good for Ruben Guthrie (Patrick Brammall), who works as an advertisement executive and leads a lifestyle of a party boy and lives in a house on the water with his model fiancée. He's at the top of his game until Ruben lands at the bottom of his infinity pool from some drunken skylarking. Ruben's fiancée leaves him, but says she'll get back with him if he can go a year without drinking.



The screenplay, written by Brendan Cowell, is based off his play of the same name.


Ruben Guthrie received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Luke Buckmaster of "Guardian" called it "an initially archetypal trajectory (boy loses girl; boy goes on mission to get her back) becomes something curlier and less conventional." CJ Johnson of ABC Radio gave a positive review, saying it "sails breezily along with terrific dialogue, great performances and an extremely relatable story. It's excellent contemporary entertainment, the kind of character and situation-based comedy the French do so well but Australian cinema, not so much."

Jim Schembri of 3AW gave a negative review, writing "It might be a case of something essential getting lost in the translation, but first-time director Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his play about an alcoholic advertising man on the road to redemption is a well-intentioned mess."


Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
Best Adapted Screenplay Brendan Cowell Nominated
Best Actor Patrick Brammall Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Alex Dimitriades Nominated
AWGIE Award Best Writing in a Feature Film - Adapted Brendan Cowell Won
FCCA Awards Best Actor Patrick Brammall Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Alex Dimitriades Nominated


  1. ^ Ruben Guthrie, retrieved 2017-01-30 

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