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TWIN TOWN

SYNOPSIS:
Bryn Cartwright, a wealthy roofing contractor, Rugby Club chairman and local kingpin rules the roost until Fatty Lewis, a local handyman, falls off a ladder on a Cartwrightt job. Bryn refuses to pay compensation, but the twins, Fatty’s wayward sons, devise a wicked way of getting even, and Bryn ends up paying dearly. Representing the thin blue line of the law are Terry and Greyo, two local bent cops who employ their own dubious peacekeeping methods as events spiral out of control…

"Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and half-hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached housing is suddenly cleaved apart by two young lads tearing through the neighbourhood in a two tone BMW 525. Julian and Jeremy are seriously troubled. Their dysfunctional family scrapes together a living from their dole money and odd jobs offered to their father. The boys have long since turned to drug abuse (primarily sniffing their father's glue) and car theft, leading a happy-go-lucky life in this downtown no-hoper city. In due course the plot thickens as the boys are out for revenge against wealthy club owner Bryn who is not particularly helpful in providing compensation when their father is hit by an accident when working on his premises. The boys are fairly imaginative when it comes to planning their strike, culminating in scenes which all dog-haters and karaoke loathers will love. Twin Town is a very nasty film whose principal characters, from bent cops to vile adolescents, are not the stuff of conventional cinema. But then Twin Town is not entirely conventional, and while it occasionally goes off the rails at times, this boldly frenetic and raw Welsh comedy is far more satisfying than what appears on the surfaceHilarious, dark and even poetic, Twin Town is irresistible in its entertainment and its raw sense of character."
Paul Fischer

"I agree with Paul that Twin Town is a nasty film, and shows the ugly side of life. Yet it’s total impact is felt only after it has been properly digested, leaving behind some vivid images of well established characters, however flawed. Filmmaker Kevin Allen has brought together a pack of weird and wacky characters that we mostly love to hate. They are from the harsh side of life, and in many ways, it is fascinating in a morbid kind of way to observe how they connect and clash, while delving into the heart of this "ugly lonely town" or "pretty shitty city". Having said that, I must say there is a lot in the film not to like. I find the repeated, constant use of the word "fuck" to be tedious and boring. And watching the dark side of everyone’s character is rather emotionally draining. Animal lovers will froth at the mouth (as I did), and some of the images are quite disturbing. The themes of revenge, greed and dishonesty are harsh ones, and at no time is any excuse made for any character. The music soundtrack, by way of a total contrast, will keep toes tapping, and selected songs seem to reflect the total converse of what the film is saying. Twin Town is about bringing its own brand of revenge, a revenge that only brings more grief, destruction and heartache."
Louise Keller

"The filmmakers call this a black comedy. I found little to laugh at. Vicious is what these people are. And nothing much more to recommend them. Paul and Louise find things of value and entertainment. I was bored and annoyed with the film, and feel sorry for some fine actors who were dragged through it."
Andrew L. Urban

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KEVIN ALLEN INTERVIEW

TWIN TOWN (MA)
(Wales)

CAST: Dougray Scott, Dorien Thomas, Rhys Ifans, Llyr Evans, William Thomas, Sue Roderick, Jenny Evans, Rachel Scorgie, Morgan Hopkins, Brian Hibbard

DIRECTOR: Kevin Allen

PRODUCER: Peter McAleese

SCRIPT: Kevin Allen, Paul Durden

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Mathieson

EDITOR: Oral Norrie Ottey

MUSIC: Mark Thomas

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Pat Campbell

RUNNING TIME: 99minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 10, 1997







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