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Movie propaganda

...half the fun is getting there.

Every year more than 70,000 Australian school leavers head for the sun-drenched beaches of Australia's Gold Coast to celebrate their release from the secondary school system with a wild mixture of alcohol, sex and rock and roll! This quintessential Australian tradition is known affectionately as "Schoolies Week". Blurred is not about being there - it's about getting there.

Lynette (Veronica Sywak), Danny (Kristian Schmid) and Pete (Craig Horner) are on a bus. They've been friends for years, but now something is changing. Lynette and Danny want to be more than just friends and Pete feels left out. After being kicked off the bus they eventually agree to go their separate ways.

Jillian (Jessica Gower) and Bradley are travelling by train. They have been an item for as long as they can remember, but now Bradley wants to try new experiences. Jillian knows he wants to have sex with someone else and she retaliates by picking up a naïve young stranger to teach him a lesson.

Freda (Nathalie Roy) - a recent graduate from an exclusive girls' school - is in her parents' holiday apartment overlooking the beach. She is awaiting the arrival of her two best friends, Yolanda and Amanda - who are being driven up to the Gold Coast in style - in a classy limousine, complete with a hot, but lecherous, young chauffeur - Mason (Matthew Newton). Freda, meanwhile, has her own lechers to deal with once the rugby boys from upstairs decide they'd like to come downstairs to get to know Freda better, much to her horror.

Wayne and Calvin, two farm boys from Hicksville, are cruising to the Coast in their clapped-out Holden. Trying to break the land speed record they lose control of their car and smash it into a billboard on the side of the road. Their subsequent efforts to hitchhike predictably end in tears.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Australia high school teen schoolies week drama comedy romance Queensland Gold Coast alcohol road trip

Persons of interest

  • Jessica Gower .... Jillian
  • Gyton Grantley .... Gavin
  • Craig Horner .... Pete
  • Dirk Hoult .... Brian
  • Matthew Newton .... Mason
  • Steven Rooke .... Rodney
  • Nathalie Roy .... Freda
  • Kristian Schmid .... Danny
  • Veronica Sywak .... Lynette
  • Mark Priestley .... Calvin
  • Jamie Croft .... Zack
  • Stephen Davis .... Screenwriter
  • Kier Shorey .... Screenwriter
  • Evan Clarry .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

It's good.

Blurred, as the tagline says, is about getting there not arriving. Stephen Davis and Kier Shorey have undoubtedly been through the odd schoolie's week themselves. There's nothing like a little on-the-ground investigation to add verisimilitude.

With a cast of (almost completely) unknowns, Evan Clarry has conjured a movie that speaks to the heart of teenage existence: getting out of school. Whether it's the weekend or even just an ordinary school day, school is the biggest part of a schoolie's life. It's also the most regimented, most disciplined and (seemingly) most arbitrary. Being freed from that grind to move into the unending freedom of the workforce is reason enough for celebration.

Because schoolie's week is the only Bacchanalia available in Australian culture it is on the receiving end of more attention than it truly warrants, especially from the wowsers, and the "headline" events are merely those which sound the most shocking. [Not that the news media would ever use shock tactics to sell their product - Director of Intelligence] Blurred shows this irony quite clearly.

It's also really funny, rarely resorting to the "I'm 30 but I've never grown up" humour that underscores Hollywood movies about teenagers and adults who want to be teenagers. The overwhelming urge to get laid, the desire to drink too much, the need to be too loud, the easy heartbreaks are all part of teenage life and well represented in this film. It's a great documentary of some of the more interesting things that can happen when you let 30,000 adolescents loose on the world even if the psycho serial killer, someone whom teenagers often think they meet although rarely do, is a bit over the top.

Blurred: it's good, see it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9 anamorphic
  • Special features:
    • Actor's video diary
    • Behind-the-scenes
    • Blurred email
    • Cattle prod test
    • Commentary: Evan Clarry, cast
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurette: Mark and Trav's guide to "Blurred"
    • Out-takes
    • Short film: Mate
    • Trailer

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references, drug use)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 31 October 2002
DVD rental: 12 March 2003
VHS rental: 12 March 2003
DVD retail: 9 July 2003

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