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Diary of a Bad Lad (2010)

Frustrated filmmaker, Barry Lick, and a crew of film school wannabees, attempt to make a documentary about a local businessman who he believes is involved in property rackets, prostitution, pornography and drugs.

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Joe O'Byrne ...
Paul Birtwistle ...
Donna Henry ...
Joanne Miller
Roxanne Gregory ...
Clive Bonelle ...
Richard
James Foster ...
Simon Huxley
Jonathan Williams ...
Tim Paley ...
Frank
Chris Leonard ...
Face Slash Victim
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Michael
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Charlie Anderson ...
Charlie
Bob Atkinson ...
Himself
Jason Blacow ...
Jay
Alison Booth ...
Rays daughter
Louise Brand ...
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Film school tutor, Barry Lick, has been suspended on full pay accused of 'gross professional misconduct'. But he's got a spring in his step because it means he's just been handed the chance to try and make a sensationalist crime documentary which might just save his career. Even better he can do it all on the cheap; he's still being payed and there's ex-students out there who are willing to work for nothing more than empty promises. Barry's quest is going nowhere - that is until security consultant, Tommy Morghen, appears on the scene. And it's not long before Barry's plunged into a world of sub-prime mortgages, blackmail, corruption, knife crime, extreme German S&M pornography, castration, corpse disposal, gang-rape and, ultimately, murder. But what's Tommy's interest in all this? Is it that he just wants fame and notoriety, or does he have another agenda? Barry puts questions like these to the back of his mind. All he knows is that, in the age of reality TV, sensationalism sells - ... Written by Pleased Sheep Productions (press release)

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27 February 2010 (UK)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Tommy Morghen: I'm not a debt collector, I'm a debt counselor...
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A story that catches you unawares
8 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was totally taken in that this fiction film was an actual documentary, thanks to its naturalistic dialogue and performances. I was moved to horror, anger and outrage as I watched it, ready to protest to the organisers who screened it about how they could condone such journalism, right up till the very end. I thought I was watching a documentary about drugs, pornography and rape, but the real story, about the media's lack of ethics, crept up on me, caught me unawares, without me realising it I began judging the crew, in particular the presenter, for his incalculably inhumane and opportunistic behaviour. An excellent film.


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