ELECTRICITY | MOVIE REVIEW

In continuing desires for world domination and trying to be at the forefront of all things movie we have partnered with a new brother/sister site – WHATMOVIETHISWEEK.COM and its owner editor, THE SLOTH. The Sloth is in the UK and we are going to be sharing our articles, for the first in UK and European movies we will post The Sloth’s fantastic reviews and for the best in Australian movies The Sloth will share with Europe. Sounds like a win win and for a chance to make our Nation’s movies more available to a worldwide audience, for example did you know that THE BABADOOK took about ten times the box office in the UK than it did in our own country, well now we will be the first to know about these fantastic films and should they go direct to home entertainment here, you will know to rent that thing and get it on! Anyways without further ado, please join the Salty crew in welcoming The Sloth and enjoy her review of ELECTRICITY, it is releasing on December 12 in the UK from Soda Pictures and Stone City Films, it runs for 95mins and has a UK “15” Certificate of Classification. All the best………..JK.

 

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REVIEW BY THE SLOTH, GUEST CRITIC FROM UK FILM BLOG WHATMOVIETHISWEEK.COM

What’s your reaction to the phrase ‘model turned actress’? We’re guessing a groan, maybe some gratuitous eyerolling – generally expressions of derision. So how will Agyness Deyn, the latest high profile model turned actress, fare against those expectations? Best known outside of fashion shoots as a riotous party-girl-about-town and BFF of fashion designer Henry Holland, the odds don’t look overly promising.

Agyness plays Lancashire lass Lilly, a twenty-something epileptic. We first meet her in the seafront amusement arcade where she works, being chatted up by a customer. Later on we see her getting ready for a night out, pouring her long limbs into a short, sequined dress, applying heavy make up, her bleached blonde hair punkishly disheveled. So far, so normal. But heading out along the seafront promenade, she never makes it to her intended destination. Her world starts to spin and close in, splintering and dissolving into abstract lights, colours and fragmented images as she collapses on the pavement in awkward, violently twitching convulsions, to the consternation of by-passers.

 

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ELECTRICITY | SALTY POPCORN GUEST MOVIE REVIEW | LILY O’CONNOR (AGYNESS DEYN)

 

Awaking in hospital Lilly examines an assortment of painful bruises gained during the fit, clearly not for the first time. She takes daily pills that have seemingly little power to control her condition and has a wealth of medical knowledge, sarcastically reciting her infinitely varied prescriptions and medications throughout the years to each new doctor who is convinced they know just the right treatment. She also lives under the looming, tsunami-like threat of experiencing The Big One, a final, huge seizure that could kill her. Rather than be cowed by this, Lilly flirts with it, taking a Russian Roulette approach to her medication by spending periods off her drugs, daring it to claim her.

But the fits aren’t Lilly’s only concern. Her family life also leaves something to be desired. Her mother, physically abusive to Lilly as a child, has recently died and left an inheritance for Lilly, her older, card shark brother Barry (who evidently models himself on a character from a Guy Ritchie movie – all gravelly-voiced, shiny-trousered machismo) and younger brother Mikey, a volatile drug user who has gone missing in London. With relatives like these The Sloth would pocket our share and scarper, thanks very much, but Lilly is clearly a bigger hearted soul. Worried for Mikey’s health and well being, Lilly decides to travel down and look for him (in London! It’s quite big y’know…) to ensure he gets his share of the money.

Arriving at King’s Cross railway station, a striking, gawky figure dressed in rainbow colours and sticking out like a sore thumb against a sea of grey, suited commuters, Lilly may as well have ‘naive’ tattooed across her forehead. Pinning up ‘missing’ posters adorned with Mikey’s mug, she starts approaching the street sleepers in the area, asking if anyone has seen him. Sure enough, within 24 hours she’s been duped and robbed by a homeless woman she’d taken pity on. Luckily, not everyone is as merciless. After yet another seizure Lilly finds herself picked up off the pavement by kind young professional Mel (Leonora Crichlow). Mel recognises Lilly’s vulnerability underneath her feisty exterior and insists she stay with her, at least for a night. Despite their surface differences the two quickly become friends and Lilly stays on, providing some stability and normality while her search for Mikey through the murky London underworld continues.

 

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So, let’s get straight to the point, is Agyness any good? Yes, she’s stunningly good. You didn’t expect that, did you? Watching her, she simply IS Lilly, there is no hint of a ‘performance’, she fully inhabits a wildly complex character with complete naturalism, playing her with a finely balanced mix of defiance, charisma and vulnerability that always holds our sympathy without ever asking for pity. It’s a portrayal that would rank as a towering achievement from a seasoned actor, never mind an upstart newcomer. And that’s just as well because the entire film hangs on her (thankfully broad) shoulders. It’s also a triumph of casting as it subverts our expectations. We don’t really expect those suffering hugely debilitating conditions to be so physically striking, let alone coolly fashionable. There go our prejudices…

Part family drama, part detective thriller, granted, you need a narrative to hang things on, but we found these elements almost a distraction. For us, the fascination of the film was its vivid insight into living with epilepsy. Using Alice In Wonderland references, it likens Lilly’s fits to trips down the rabbit hole, an alternative, surreal, nightmarish world that she alone can experience, contrasted powerfully with the prosaic real world. It leaves you asking yourself how you would cope with a life that sees you unable to even have a bath without supervision, at risk of collapse anytime, anywhere, out on the street or at home alone, fully dependent on help coming from someone, somewhere.

ELECTRICITY is an emotionally engaging, highly original film that is a thought-provoking pleasure to watch. Hats off to you Agyness, The Sloth very much looks forward to seeing what you do next.

 

4 Pops