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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
3 items from 2014
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