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Normal 0 false false false En-gb X-none X-none In 1990's England three friends embark on a crazy night out akin to Human Traffic. Narrator, Jack (Jamie Blackley, Misfits), confesses he hates "rioters... politicians... archive footage... mobs... skin heads... goths... films where people talk to the camera..” as a montage of archive footage is shown, immediately suggesting Director/Writer, Justin Edgar (Large) is trying to be clever in his second feature, We Are The Freaks.
Jack explicitly states “This isn't a teen movie" but setting and content don't quite match this claim. Jack and pals are immature pre-university age, either miserably failing, arrogantly choosing to opt out or expectantly awaiting University acceptance letters; Jack plans to study to be a writer, Parsons (Mike Bailey, Skins) is content coasting and Chunks (Sean Teale, Skins) is happy living off the allowances his guilt-ridden extremely rich divorced parents dole out.
Set in Birmingham, opening with »
To mark the release of We Are The Freaks on 5th May, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
We Are The Freaks is a surreal and anarchic anti-teen movie about three misfits on a disastrous night out. It is set against the social and political turmoil of 1990’s Thatcher’s England, over the course of one evening they come to terms with being outsiders and learn to love failure and embrace being a freak. Jack (Jamie Blackley – Snow White and the Huntsman) wants to escape his boring bank job and aspires to be a writer but is waiting to hear news about the grant he needs in order to take up his place at University. Parsons (Mike Bailey – Skins) is a wimp with a dangerously unhealthy sexual fixation on Margaret Thatcher. He finds life guidance from the deranged but principled hardman Killer Colin (Michael Smiley – Kill List). Unlike Jack, »
Director: Justin Edgar
Running Time: 74 Minutes
We Are The Freaks is desperate. It is desperate to be loved, it is desperate to be unique, it is desperate to be postmodern and it is desperate to be quirky. Funnily enough, those are also all the things that the protagonists want to be as well, but desperation is far from an admirable trait, especially when there is no journey or progression. The film begins with a Jack (Blackley) telling us “This isn’t your average teen film,” or something to that effect. Any film that needs to claim it “isn’t your average…” whatever, needs to take a long hard look at itself and ask how it could have shown us instead of having to tell us. It certainly isn’t your average teen film though, as this »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The way things are shaping up, it could be a really strong year for talented British actor Jamie Blackley, as he has U Want Me 2 Kill Him? recently coming out in the States, and If I Stay – alongside Chloë Grace Moretz this Summer. However before then we get to see Blackley in Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks.
We spoke to the actor, currently La based, over the phone, discussing the strong spirit on set for the film, and the friendships he’s taken away from it. He also speaks about what he shares in common with his character Jack, and about his future projects and where he can see his future…
So what first attracted you to getting involved in this project?
The first thing really, was that it kind of went against most teen movies that we know and I found that attractive. I liked the character, »
- Stefan Pape
Justin Edgar's one-crazy-night comedy would struggle to get on to British TV
There can hardly be a movie genre more knackered than the post-Trainspotting ensemble/coming-of-age/drug-zeitgeisty/one-crazy-night comedy. Ten or 15 years ago, at the tail-end of Uncool Britannia, we seemed to get a new one every week. We are the Freaks, from writer-director Justin Edgar, is set in the 90s and looks at first as if it is going to satirise these 90s cliches. But actually we don't get anything other than more cliches: the film is made up of secondhand ideas, characters and riffs. Jamie Blackley plays Jack, a bloke hanging round in his hometown one summer, waiting for a grant (those were the days) to go to uni to study creative writing. His mad friend Chunks (Sean Teale) and nerdy, useless friend Parsons (Mike Bailey) are up for a night out, but Jack is still mooning around, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Falling somewhere between being a satirical social commentary and a full on teen comedy caper – Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks may be somewhat chaotic in many regards, yet maintains a genial spirit and distinct watchability, marking the continuously fledging careers of a handful of talented, young British actors.
One of which is Jamie Blackley, who plays Jack, fresh out of school and hoping to begin a university course in creative writing, though unable to fund his ambitions. Set primarily along the course of one eventful evening, along with his misfit friends Chunks (Sean Teale) and Parsons (Mike Bailey), Jack is hoping to forget about his problems, and instead focus on winning the heart of Elinor (Amber Anderson). Feeling the effects of being young in a suddenly post-Thatcher Britain, our protagonists embark on a wildly unforgettable night on the town.
Though not always hitting the mark, Edgar must be commended for his stylistic fervour, »
- Stefan Pape
The BAFTA award winning teen drama sensation Skins took Britain by storm in 2007 with its controversial story lines and relatable and eccentric characters. The show’s success made it the perfect training ground for up-and-coming British teen actors to throw themselves into the spotlight. In Justin Edgar’s energetic new comedy We Are The Freaks we find two of Skins‘ most popular alumni take centre stage on the big screen. Parsons (Skins‘ Mike Bailey) and Chunks (Skins‘ Sean Teale) accompany Jack (Jamie Blackley) on an eventful weekend that might change their lives forever. As this stylish, coming 0f age, cult comedy takes us back to the rebellious era of the 1990s, we celebrate the release of We Are The Freaks by taking our own look back at some of our favourite Skins stars and find out what they’ve been up to since leaving the hit drama.
Mike Bailey – played »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
7 items from 2014
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