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SUBURBAN MAYHEM

Director: Paul Goldman

AUSTRALIA| 2006. COLOUR. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 95 MIN.


Katrina Skinner (Emily Barclay) is a single mum living with her baby and her single dad. She manipulates her father to support her, just as she manipulates all men, using sex as currency and an abnormal determination to get what she wants.
When her dad urges her to get a job and generally get real, Katrina fights back, with murderous consequences. Wild and out of control, she’s rebellion in a mini-skirt. Emily Barclay’s Katrina is a wonderful invention, her sexy, bold exterior masking a cold, heartless vamp who instinctively tries to control everyone around her. Barclay is sensational, combining defiant callousness with a youthful innocence that begs forgiveness. In her first screenplay, acclaimed writer Alice Bell unleashes high energy and emotional chaos. Director Paul Goldman’s film is brash and cloaked in a coat of black humour. It’s a bold Australian drama that stabs at weaknesses and revels in misfortune, yet the tone is surprisingly uplifting. Louise keller, Urban Cinefile.

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