"The Jammed" After Initial Rejections, Makes Waves After 4 Star Ratings
August 17, 2007 8:33 a.m. EST
Radhika Basuthakur - AHN News Writer
Melbourne, Australia (AHN) - A movie about the sex slave trade in Melbourne, Australia, which originally was to remain a 10-day independent cinema release, is now touted to become one of the biggest Australian movies of the year.
"The Jammed", written and directed by Dee McLachlan, was turned down by government funding bodies and even rejected by every film distributor. However, its low-key debut did a 360-degree turn when the hosts of Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) TV's 'At The Movies' - Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton - both rated the movie as four-star. The very next day "The Age's" film critic raved about the movie as well.
Distributors who initially rejected the film, have since hounded McLachlan to screen the provocative feature film about Melbourne's sex trade. The story is that of a Chinese mother searching for her missing daughter, and it features a cast of up-and-coming young actors including Sydney's Emma Lung, Saskia Burmeister and Sun Park.
McLachlan said, "It's been quite astonishing the amount of support we have received from all over the country. I mean, I think we have had about 15 emails from various organizations ... that are saying, 'we will get the movie out to the public' ... It's been absolutely amazing."
She expects to sign the deal Monday to screen the movie in cinemas across Australia.