The Loved Ones

Brent is 17 years old and has recently lost his father in an accident. He doesn’t have much to live for apart from his wonderful girlfriend, Holly, and perhaps smoking a joint on occasion, in usual teen spirit. When the prom approaches, Brent’s prom queen is a given and when the quiet and shy Lola asks him to the prom he politely declines. A decision he will come to regret more than anything as Lola and her loving and helpful father have arranged for a prom to be held in their backyard. Here Lola is prom queen, dressed in a pink satin dress, and the rule is ’what Lola wants, Lola gets’ no matter the cost. Lives will perish, blood will be shed and the screams will be deafening.

Australian film, The Loved Ones, is the festivals most fantastic colour explosion with its amazing screenplay which has both critics and audiences applauding. Director Sean Byrne describes the film as ”a shiny, candy-colored-glam-nightmare”. Rarely is a high school film so brutal and horrifyingly torture filled and so colourful in its description of humanity and grief. The Loved Ones invites the audience to a massacre and is here to be loved. (Oh, and for all the twilight fans, Brent is played by Xavier Samuel who plays Riley in Eclipse!) 

Afsaneh Larsson

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