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Friends, Foes & Fireworks

Australia 2017
produced by
Ivan Malekin, Sarah Jayne, Lara Deam (associate), Whitney Duff (associate), Genya Mik (associate), Asleen Mauthoor (associate), Jess Riley (associate), Daniel Hill (associate) for Nexus Production Group
directed by Ivan Malekin, Sarah Jayne
starring Lara Deam, Whitney Duff, Genya Mik, Asleen Mauthoor, Jess Riley, Daniel Hill
story by Ivan Malekin, Sarah Jayne, music by Gerard Mack, songs by The Winter Migration, Jack to Lightspeed, Jack's Castle, Bethany Jane, Conor Deery

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Fiona (Lara Deam) has recently gone through a rough patch in her life, on one hand she has been dumped by her boyfriend, on the other she has just received some bad news regarding health issues - so it's only natural that she wants to spend New Years Eve with her four best friends, actresses Lucinda (Whitney Duff), who has just returned from the UK, openly gay Summer (Asleen Mauthoor), slightly delusional Zoe (Jess Riley), as well as their acting coach Sofia (Genya Mik) ... and it should have been a lovely girls' night on the beach, which is slightly spoilt when Lucinda brings her maybe-boyfriend Taron (Daniel Hill), who just can't shut up, seems to be hitting on all of them, and seriously lacks in sensibility. And things go downhill from there, when Sofia tells Zoe she's a terrible actress, Summer tries to get it on with Lucinda, upon which Lucinda storms off leaving Taron behind with the others, and Sofia confesses to Fiona that she expects a baby from Fiona's ex. And with the evening not yet over, the only good news is probably that it can't get any worse anymore ...


Reportedly, this film was made without a script, all improvised, and shot within a day - and while this is usually recipe for disaster, it totally does not show here, which can only be attributed to the professionalism and discipline of all of the involved both in front of as well as behind the camera. As what this movie does is building up several intertwining mini dramas with great care and a feeling for structure which sounds by definition the antithesis of improvisation - but it works perfectly here, resulting in a cool movie with a solid story, likeable or at least relatable characters and strong performances, and a film that despite all the drama happening on screen doesn't come across as depressing in the least.

Well worth a watch for sure.


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