The best summary of the plot of this film comes from the publicity material:
“The Crop is a tongue-in-cheek look at a larrikin night club owner, Ronald ‘Blade’ Gillette, who realizes two months after random breath testing has been introduced that he is going broke.”
From this initial premise, the character of ‘Blade’ (played by George Elliot) embarks on a money making scheme that involves the cultivation and sale of marijuana. To fulfill this objective, he draws on the resources of his best friend, Wack (played by Rhys Muldoon) and relies on the emotional support of his girlfriend, Geraldine (Holly Brisley).
Major obstacles to ‘Blade’s’ dreams of success come in the form of corrupt police demanding protection money (personified in the character of Tony Barry’s Senior) and repayment of debts owed (Bruce Venables’ Wally Eye is particularly menacing).
Although the film is directed by Scott Paterson, it is really champion racing car driver, George Eliot’s “baby”, as he is not only the film’s writer but also competently functions as lead actor in the film.
There are a number of interesting performances in the film and some hilarity in the interactions between Blade and Wack. The loose “wheel” in the film is, however, Brisley’s Geraldine.
The wide-eyed naïve in a world of hucksters doesn’t work for Brisley. She appears “at sea” and unable to create a believable character in this film. Given the time that the film is set in, she does elevate her character of Geraldine from the ranks of “dumb blonde” but her character remains two-dimensional nonetheless. Watching her performance over the course of the film made me feel awkward; almost as if I was watching her in a rehearsal for the part that she really wanted to play.
Problems aside, The Crop is worth the watch. It has attitude. It has spirit. It has confidence.