Thursday, January 31, 2008

PRIVATE SYDNEY Andrew Hornery - The Sydney Morning Herald - 31st January 2008

THE rehabilitation of Sydney's Bra Boys from would-be notorious gangstas to lightweight celebrities appears complete, with the media in the United States falling head over heels for the Abberton brothers.

However a few minor details appear to be missing from the coverage being generated by Koby Abberton , such as the nine-month suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice, relating to a shooting over which his brother Jai was acquitted of murder in 2005.

But with friends such as Russell Crowe about to direct your life story on the big screen, why bother with semantics?

On Tuesday the New York Daily News, which caught up with the Abbertons as they swanned around Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival promoting their documentary, Bra Boys, with the likes of good mate Paris Hilton, described Abberton simply as a "pro-surfer-turned-filmmaker".

The newspaper reported a mildly amusing tale about how the Abbertons and Crowe first got to know one another, describing the association as "a beautiful friendship".

On Monday Abberton's Bra Boys won best documentary at the 2008 X-Dance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, a spin-off from the Sundance festival. The director, Sunny Abberton, and his crew accepted the award, telling the crowd "this film is proof of what brotherhood really means".

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