Blackout

Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 14, 1994. Running time: 98 MIN.

Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 14, 1994. Running time: 98 MIN.

Lola … Kali

Tamara … Abi Manox

Jean-Marie … Jean Marc Ferriere

Guy … Guy Beckett

Arlette … Ultra Violet

Komandant … Byron Thomas

Pardo Turin … Ian McKay

Brother

Francis … Eddie Tudor-Pole

Zag … Angel Sedgwick

Amateur from the word go, “Blackout” is an embarrassingly awkward low-budgeter about three youths in a futuristic, war-zone London. Produced in 1992, this first feature of producer/director Paulita Sedgwick, formerly based in France and the U.S., looks set for a nose dive to commercial oblivion.

Trio are blond rocker Lola (Kali), her b.f. Guy (Guy Beckett) and his sister Tamara (Abi Manox), who leave the ‘burbs for some kicks in the Red Zone. There they meet eligible druggy bachelor Jean-Marie (Jean Marc Ferriere), son of Arlette (Warhol icon Ultra Violet), head of a firm that’s invented Eternacream. Arlette’s in cahoots with the fascistic authorities, who in turn are being hassled by a gang of street youths.

Pic is holed beneath the waterline early on by clumsy dialogue, summer-camp acting, paceless editing and freshman film-school direction. Only survivors from the wreckage are Manox, serviceable as the kid sister, and d.p. Christopher T. Maris, whose pro exterior lensing offsets pic’s grungy look in interiors.

Blackout

(BRITISH)

Production: A Poker production. (International sales: Poker, London.) Produced, directed by Paulita Sedgwick. Screenplay, Damian Wong.

Crew: Camera (color), Christopher T. Maris; consulting editor, Maris; editor, Peregrine de la Motte; music, Jake Williams; production design, Angel Sedgwick; art direction, Angel Sedgwick, Abi Manox, Guy Beckett; costume design, Angel Sedgwick, Manox; sound (Dolby), Bob Doyle, Ian Selwyn; assistant director, Merlin Massara.

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