As the school year ends, 70,000 Year 12 kids around the country escape from school – many head for the Gold Coast, including Lynette (Veronica Sywak), Danny (Kristian Schmid), and Pete (Craig Horner) by bus; Jilian (Jess Gower), Bradley (Tony Brockman) by train; Yolanda (Petra Yared) and Amanda (Charlotte Rees) in a limo driven by Mason (Matthew Newton); Wayne (Travis Cotton) and Calvin (Mark Priestly) in a beat up Holden. Freda (Nathalie Roy) is already there, waiting for Yolanda and Amanda to turn up. Zack (Jamie Croft) is also there – somehow. All they want to do is to go wild and have a party on the Coast, before facing the unknown future of adulthood. But the getting there is just as much fun. And quite a drama.
Review by Louise Keller:
An energetic blast of fun and carefree frivolity, Blurred is an entertaining road movie exploring the window between schoolhood and adulthood. All boundaries are blurred, and it’s a free for all, as a group of sexually charged, adventure seeking teenagers let their hair down and live as if there is no tomorrow. Relationships split up while others form, drugs and alcohol become propellants and catalysts, and lives are changed forever. Schoolies is a week when the best and worst come out in everyone, and Stephen Davis and Kier Shorey have developed an amusing and keenly observed script, in which we get to know a group of teenagers for better or for worse. The story unfolds for four different sets of characters – who find that the trip to the Gold Coast whether by limo, bus, train or juiced up bomb of a car, is not what they expect. I love Matthew Newton’s sleazy limo driver, who gets more than he bargains for, but all the characters are well developed and we get involved in all their lives. Just like in real life, the schoolies bunch are as different as you can imagine, and we are entertained, if not drawn by all of them. The sub plot involving the weirdo whose delights in picking up hitchhikers and whose car smells something awful is a real hoot – from the way it is set up to the delightful kicker at the end. With its vibrant and funky soundtrack and bright, vigorous young ensemble cast, Blurred is a fun frolic, when reality is put on hold for one week of excess. Targeted at the youth market, it looks as though everyone had a ball making the film and hits its mark, offering plenty of laughs and a few sobering shocks to define the borders between fantasy and reality.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Gee, I wish I was a teenager, at least for the duration of this movie. I’d really get off on it. It’s cool, funny, eventful, fun to watch – including the stylistic cinematic flourishes from director Evan Clarry – and accurate in its portrayal of a generation wanting to know where to go. And I don’t mean that as a mature age critic I didn’t enjoy it – I did. More than most teen-only movies aimed at the youth market, and not just because of its energy level. I like the fact that the script plays its comedy wide, but reserves a few drama nails with which to bang home the underlying spirit of the story, its essential affection for the kids and their essential humanity. The laughs are balanced by something meaningful going on between the splutters. Excellent ensemble work from the cast is captured with a vibrant camera, and the soundtrack propels the mood. Blurred is a metaphoric title you can work out with your own imaginative take.
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FEATURE - Andrew L. Urban meets the filmmakers
CAST: Matthew Newton, Craig Horner, Kristian Schmid, Veronica Sywak, Mark Priestly, Travis Cotton, Petra Yared, Charlotte Rees, Nathalie Roy
PRODUCER: Chris Brown, Chris Fitchett
DIRECTOR: Evan Clarry
SCRIPT: Stephen Davis, Kier Shorey
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Phil Cross ACS
EDITOR: Tony Mestres
MUSIC: Joost Langeveld (original)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Adam Head
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Becker Entertainment
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 31, 2002
VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Magna Pacific
VIDEO RELEASE: March 12, 2003