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EM 4 JAY

SYNOPSIS:
Heroin addicted lovers Emma (Laura Gordon) and Jay (Nick Barkla) are desperate enough to perform sex for cash but decide that robbing stores is better. Still, they're dissatisfied and aimless; Emma's jealous of other women even glancing at Jay, often arguing as a result. When Jay stabs a chemist during one job, they end up on TV - but only Emma is concerned, while Jay enjoys the notoriety and gets in deeper selling ecstasy. They buy a gun and go on a robbing spree that ends tragically.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Films about the screwed up lives of young heroin addicts rarely captures the ups of the addiction in any attractive way so I suppose it's fair to say that Australian films like Em 4 Jay and Candy are just long anti-heroin messages. This sub genre holds little appeal for me personally, irrespective of the sincerity of the filmmaking and the bravery of the performances.

The ugly grip of heroin addiction is well documented here by edgy filmmaker Alkinos Tsilimidos, and he manages the raw performances to good effect - yet still I find myself wishing I was watching some other movie. Part of the reason for my dis-engagement is the absence of anything new to be found in such films, whether it be the story itself, the cinematic approach or the characters. I'd even buy into some black humour (Trainspotting did it), but there is nothing other than grimy, grotty, gritty, ugly waste.

As an exercise in guerrilla filmmaking, Em 4 Jay proves ingenuity and energy, but Tsilimidos doesn't have to prove anything, having already shown his talents in films like Evrynight ... Everynight, Silent Partner and Tom White.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

EM 4 JAY (R18+)
(Aus, 2005)

CAST: Laura Gordon, Nick Barkla, Chloe Armstrong, Jeremy Taylor, Kat Stewart, David Campbell

PRODUCER: Paul Walton, Alkinos Tsilimidos, Jason Patterson

DIRECTOR: Alkinos Tsilimidos

SCRIPT: Daniel Keene, Alkinos Tsilimidos

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Toby Oliver

EDITOR: Christopher Gogos

MUSIC: The Black Keys

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Julie Nelsen

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Instinct Film Productions/Clock End Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 14, 2006







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