The Australian house made famous by 'The Castle' could face demolition

Publish Date
Thursday, 22 December 2016, 10:02AM

The house made famous by the Australian cult film The Castle could be demolished after the current owner launched a bid to construct two townhouses on the property.

The Strathmore home Darryl Kerrigan fought valiantly to save in the 1997 classic The Castle will not be given heritage listing.

Although the community was keen to preserve the house, Melbourne’s Moonee Valley City Council has voted against pursuing a heritage listing for the small weatherboard home.

The council balanced the house’s cultural significance against the wishes of its private owner, but decided in favour of Vicki Cosentino, who has owned the house for 23 years.

There is now mounting community interest in moving the house, in one piece, to another location, and preserving it as a museum.

The Castle, starring Michael Caton as Darryl Kerrigan, was made on a shoestring budget of $750,000 and shot in only 11 days, director Rob Stitch told Indiewire in a 1999 interview.