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Cut

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They have to finish the film before it finishes them.

A group of film students attempt to finish a horror movie that stopped production years earlier when the director was killed. Unaware that every attempt to complete the pic coincided with the murders of those involved, the students return to the original location in an isolated part of the country. When filming begins, so do the killings

Persons of interest

  • Molly Ringwald .... Vanessa Turnbill/Chloe
  • Frank Roberts .... Brad/Scarman
  • Kylie Minogue .... Hilary Jacobs
  • Geoff Revell .... Lossman
  • Jessica Napier .... Raffy Carruthers
  • Sarah Kants .... Hester Ryan
  • Stephen Curry .... Rick Stephens
  • Matt Russell .... Paulie Morrelli
  • Erika Walters .... Cassie Woolf
  • Cathy Adamek .... Julie Bardot
  • Steve Greig .... Jim Pilonski
  • Sam Lewis .... Damien Ogle
  • Dave Warner .... Screenwriter
  • Kimble Rendall .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Priscilla, slasher of the desert.

Cut is pretty damned pretentious, really. It takes film school students and puts them into a film production while adding a horror shoot on top of the horror script. Fortunately for all, it has tongue firmly in cheek so you can laugh with it while you're laughing at it. Any film which casts Kylie as a hack artist has got to be clued in.

If you're a Film & TV student or you were or you tried to be, or if work anywhere in the industry (down to and including critics) then Cut will have an extra layer for you. There are more in-jokes than you can clap a slate with but many are so quick that you have to stay on your toes the whole time to catch them. If you're a horror aficionado then you'll get to see all your favourite clichés celebrated, chopped, sliced, julienned and hacked to pieces. If you just like an entertaining, mindless film that's witty, scary and intriguing, you'll get a lot out of it, too.

What makes Cut work is not that it's a brilliantly original script with outstanding performances and production values, it's that it was made with that wonderful darkness that pervades the best Australian films. Think Mad Max, think Priscilla, Queen of the desert, think In the winter dark, think Thank God he met Lizzie. Nothing is too serious that it can't be laughed at, nothing to big that it can't be pulled down, nothing too sacred that it can't be profaned.

In other words, this film is worth seeing. It's fun for anyone with a sense of humour and a warning for those without. Get a dog in ya.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence, horror themes)

Surveillance time

80 minutes (1:20 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated July 2000

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