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The Jammed (2007)

A thriller about trafficking, governmental deportation and the sex slave trade in Melbourne.

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Dee McLachlan

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Dee McLachlan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Lung ... Crystal
Veronica Sywak Veronica Sywak ... Ashley Hudson
Saskia Burmeister Saskia Burmeister ... Vanya
Sun Park Sun Park ... Rubi / Li Rong
Amanda Ma Amanda Ma ... Sunee
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Vic Glassman
Alison Whyte ... Mrs. Glassman
Debra Lawrance Debra Lawrance ... DIMIA Case Officer
Damien Richardson ... Agent Mollica
Kate Atkinson ... Gabi
Todd MacDonald ... Tom
Masa Yamaguchi ... Dyce
Adriano Cortese Adriano Cortese ... Wade
Gareth Yuen ... Lai
Cameron Nugent Cameron Nugent ... Steve
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Inspired by court transcripts and actual events, THE JAMMED is a social thriller about trafficking and the sex slave trade in Melbourne. When a Chinese mother arrives in Melbourne to find her missing daughter, she enlists the help of Ashley Hudson. Ashley reluctantly agrees to help search, and is soon drawn into the dark underworld of this cultured city as she tries to rescue three girls from a trafficking syndicate. As the story unravels the sinister workings of illegal prostitution and governmental deportation is filled with twists and surprises. Written by producer

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A dark tale in a land of opportunity. This could be happening in your city.

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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2007 (UK) See more »

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Writer/director McLachlan was inspired to write the film after being told by a friend about the human trafficking that goes on in Australia. See more »

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Interesting
20 August 2007 | by bettestreep2004See all my reviews

The Jammed has created much controversy here in Melbourne, Australia - where it was shot.

For some bizarre reason it was rejected by the Melbourne Int'l Film Festival (MIFF) organisers this year - very strange since they brag they promote and support the Australian Film Industry.

It has been given a VERY LIMITED cinema release - 10 days in one cinema only.

It has not been entered in the 2007 AFI awards (probably because the makers have to pay a $1000 entry fee or because of deadline issues...).

Some film critics have labelled it a dog and others are waxing lyrical on it as being the best Australian film of 2007.

I saw it today in a sold out session and although sitting in row 2 - i found it to be a very well made and acted film. Not a masterpiece but still worth seeing.

Considering I sat through some questionable films at the recent MIFF and sure to sit through a few duds at the AFI festival starting this weekend - I am surprised a film of this quality - and examining a very important topic - has been treated so poorly here in Melbourne.


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