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Wasted on the Young

Montreal Premiere

  • Drama
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  • Australia
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  • 2010
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  • 97 min
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  • 35mm
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  • English
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Honourable Mention, Sydney Film Festival 2010

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“One of the bravest and most stylistically innovative films to come out of Australia in years” —TIFF

Credits

Director: Ben C. Lucas
Screenplay: Ben C. Lucas
Cast: Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell
Producers: Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan
Print Source: Indomina Releasing

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Description

At an Australian private school, Zack and his posse reign over the student body of privileged kids with a charming but arrogant iron fist. Daren is one of those shy geeks that would get picked on mercilessly by his schoolmates, if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s Zack’s stepbrother. Zack takes a fancy to the beautiful and strong-headed Xandrie, who rebuffs him, having more interest in the withdrawn Daren. Unused to the rejection, Zack devises a plan for revenge. At one of his famous bacchanal parties in his parent’s hi-tech mansion, Xandrie is led away from her friends to a private room. The girls of his entourage, jealous of the sudden attention given to her, drug Xandrie. She’s then locked in with the boys, who rape her repeatedly and leave her for dead on a beach. She survives, but certainly not unscathed psychologically. While she heals, a defamation campaign against her takes over the social network the kids live on. Having a feeling something very wrong might have happened, Daren starts his investigation. Once he learns the horrific truth, he reaches out to Xandrie to make sure they get their revenge against the bullies. The war will have to be led in both the real and virtual worlds they inhabit.

Often described as a mix in-between Gus Van Sant’s ELEPHANT and the upper-crust TV show GOSSIP GIRL, this festival favourite of the past year casts an eye on a world where entitled kids have too much and parental supervision is non-existent. It raises the subject of the new heights of invasiveness and cruelty teenage bullying has taken in our media-obsessed world, where lives can be destroyed with a few keyboard clicks. WASTED ON THE YOUNG is Ben C. Lucas’ first feature, but already he shows a stylish, inventive directing hand, helped by the polished camera of cinematographer Dan Freene, also in his first feature effort. The electronic score, fast-cut editing and digitalized add-ons speak of the omnipresence of technology in the new generation’s world. Its surrealism is highlighted by the non-chronological narrative and fantasy sequences. Playing Xandrie, Adelaide Clemens — who could be compared to a young Michelle Williams — shines with promise.

—Stephanie Trepanier

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