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EM 4 JAY

Australia, 2006 (MIFF 2006, Australian Showcase)

Director: Alkinos Tsilimidos

EM 4 JAY

SATURDAY 5 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT

World Premiere

Melbourne iconoclast, Alkinos Tsilimidos, teams up again with renowned playwright Daniel Keene (Tom White MIFF 2004) to create this unflinchingly confronting, romantic tragedy.
Together, young local actors Laura Gordon and Nick Barkla are revelatory as the doomed lovers of the tale, Emma and Jay, who descend into a criminal rampage to support their heroin habits. Despite being madly inlove, ultimately, nothing can save them from themselves. In keeping with Tsilimidos' social realist leanings and disinterest in safe, middle-class stories, Em 4 Jay isn't afraid to bury its audience in the characters' unsympathetic (and pathetic) world… and it keeps you in a stranglehold until the very last frame.

As Tsilimidos explains, “I threw most of the conventions away and worked in an organic fashion… I wanted it to be real.”

Filmmakers and cast will be attending the festival.

Contains scenes that may offend.

Alkinos Tsilimindos, Laura Gordon, Nick Barkla, Daniel Keene, Paul Walton will introduce the session on Saturday 5 August, 9pm at Forum Theatre and on Saturday 12 August, 9.10pm at ACMI.

D/P/S Alkinos Tsilimidos P Paul Walton S Daniel Keene WS Accent Films TD 35mm/2006/87mins

Alkinos Tsilimidos was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1966. His films include Everynight… Everynight (1994), Silent Partner (2001) and Tom White (MIFF 2004).

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