The Merger

This is your ONLY chance to see the new Australian comedy The Merger in the Illawarra.

A hilarious and heartfelt comedy in the tradition of The Castle, it’s the story of how one man saves his football club – and his community – with help from newly arrived refugees.

Audience scores are amazing – 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and 92% on Google

This event is part of the SCARF Champions of Welcome initiative.

All proceeds go to SCARF, which supports refugees to build a life in Australia. Learn more at


All tickets: $25.00

A transaction fee of $6.95 per transaction applies to tickets purchased via phone and internet. Book at the Box Office to get your ticket transaction fee-free.

About The Merger

Bodgy Creek is a struggling town. The drought won’t let up, jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will have to merge with another club or fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town’s fringe, the former football star turned ‘Town Killer’ Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan), is coaxed into rescuing the team after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil (Raffety Grierson) who is struggling with the recent loss of his father.

Teaming up with Neil’s mum Angie (Kate Mulvany, The Great Gatsby) who runs a nearby refugee support centre, they unite to recruit the new arrivals to save the team and take the community on a journey of change. But for some, like Neil’s grandfather and Club President, Bull (fan-favourite, John Howard, SeaChange) and ‘star’ player Carpet Burn (Angus McLaren, Hotel Mumbai), it’s more change than they’re willing to take.

With a winning cast including Penny Cook (A Country Practice), Nick Cody (Please Like Me), Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai), Aaron Gocs, Sahil Saluja (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Ben Knight (The Warriors), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit) and Fayssal Bazzi (Peter Rabbit), The Merger is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy from the team who brought you Backyard Ashes.

About Scarf and Champions of Welcome

SCARF is the Illawarra’s answer to many of these challenges – providing refugees with ways to make friends with locals, driver mentoring, and targeted educational programs for primary, high school and tertiary students, and adults. A unique feature of their programs is that over 300 local volunteers deliver them.

Caroline is getting behind SCARF this holiday season as a Champion of Welcome, fundraising much-needed money to support SCARF in delivering their impactful programs, with the screening of The Merger.

Just $250 provides a refugee with access to SCARF’s programs and services for a whole year.