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
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.