Monday, August 20, 2007


Sex slave film enjoys sudden success

By Rebekah van Druten
Posted August 17, 2007 11:48:00 Updated August 17, 2007 11:54:00

The Jammed tells the story of a sex-trafficking syndicate in Melbourne.

Just days ago it was only going to have a 10-day release at an independent cinema in Melbourne.
Now The Jammed, a new feature film about the sex slave trade in Melbourne, is on the brink of becoming one of the biggest Australian movies of 2007.
Writer and director Dee McLachlan says the film's fortune changed when the hosts of ABC TV's At The Movies, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, both gave it a four-star rating. A rave review appeared in The Age the next day.
McLachlan's phone has been ringing non-stop ever since. She says distributors that originally rejected the film are now eager to screen it.
"It's been quite astonishing the amount of support we have received from all over the country," she said.
"I mean, I think we have had about 15 emails from various organisations ... that are saying, 'we will get the movie out to the public' ... It's been absolutely amazing.
"There's a, sort of, groundswell of support from all kinds of people, organisations that I've never heard of in my life saying, 'we want to show this movie in our city, we'll get it to Brisbane, we'll get it to Sydney'."
McLachlan expects a deal to show the film in cinemas across the country will be stitched up on Monday.
To hear a podcast of Dee's interview with John Faine head to the 774 website:

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