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|Contributor||Morgan Rhys, Dawid Pietkiewicz, Kanchi Wichmann, Collin Clay Chace, Sophie Anderson, Kai Brandon Ly, Yariv Perelmuter, Kat Redstone, Matteo Rolleri, Billy Wiz See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 42 minutes|
Three days in the lives of four friends on the pulsating streets of East London. Girlfriends Liza and Sally have a band to pull together and a birthday to celebrate, yet from this moment on their lives will change forever.
Liza (Kat Redstone) hovers precariously between change and self-destruction, between leaving her failing relationship with girlfriend Sally and finding success with their band, Blanket. Sally (Sophie Anderson) works nights in a dead end job, clings to her fantasies of a better life and ignores the chaos around her. Vin (Kai Brandon Ly) works as a rent boy, is secretly in love with Sally and in denial about everything else. Jamie (Collin Clay Chace) works nights in a gay cabaret bar, but longs to break free of his friends and their drug-infested dramas and settle down with a nice man. In the three days leading up to Liza s 25th birthday things finally come to a head between Liza and Sally. After a failed birthday dinner, the four friends are plunged into emotional meltdown at an illegal rave and by the end of the night there s no going back to how things were.
A gutsy unpeeling of London lives and loves --Disorder Magazine
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 180 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5060018652245
- Director : Kanchi Wichmann
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Release date : 10 Oct. 2011
- Actors : Kat Redstone, Sophie Anderson, Kai Brandon Ly, Collin Clay Chace, Morgan Rhys
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Peccadillo Pictures
- Producers : Matteo Rolleri, Kanchi Wichmann, Billy Wiz
- ASIN : B0051ULPTE
- Writers : Kanchi Wichmann
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 100,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Cinematically I've seen better quality filming from bored sixth formers, out for a weekend with a cheap camera. The lighting is atrocious, the acting is immature, people don't drive on the right hand side of the road, continuity doesn't exist. Example: you don't arrive at a petrol station in the early hours, miles from nowhere with no cars on the forecourt to find a queue inside! The whole film is amateur.
This is shockingly poor.
This is fuelled by what the cover calls a `hedonistic' lifestyle. If getting off your head and listening to faux post punk music is hedonistic, then I would agree. At one stage Liza says "there is a whole other world of people that go to bed at night and get up in the morning" just to emphasise how `hedonistic' they are really being. The music they listen to and play is a constant through out and is heavily influenced by all girl band `The Raincoats', who are actually played on vinyl at one point, and the likes of `Wire' and even `The Fall'.
As the relationship heads for the dumpster of love with an inexorable pull, the drug usage, toilet usage and swearing are ramped up. All of that is fine and believable, which is the major strengths of this film - it is very honest. Where it does fall down is in the pacing, at 102 minutes I felt that this could have been improved by being a bit shorter, at one point I was thinking I do not need a lingering shot of nigh on a minute of someone looking upset, to realise that she is actually upset - we get it already.
Also there is only one bedroom scene and that too is a bit on the tame side, but is used to drive the narrative. There are some very touching moments and some good performances. This has been written, directed and produced by Kanchi Wichmann and is a first effort. For all that praise is indeed due, but that could have led to the slowness of pace in places, some outside objectivity might have helped. Still there are not enough gay let alone lesbian films, so I wish the whole team the very best with the next outing, but for me this was just Ok, hence the three stars, quite nearly four for the urban street shots of London and some good camera work.