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Published June 4th 2016
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Is This the Real World
Is This the Real World is a great achievement for Melbourne based Martin McKenna. He wrote and directed this independently made feature, which was shot at locations around Melbourne and Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula.
This coming of age film focuses on 17-year-old Mark Blazey who has just been expelled from his private school. He struggles to fit in with other boys who dish out some cruel hazing. His vice-principal has grudge against him and judges his behaviour based upon his older brother Jimmy (played by Matthew Colwell better known as hip hop artist 360) who is headed back to jail.
To complicate matters, Mark develops feelings for fellow classmate Kim (played by Charlotte Best, Home and Away). When the unfortunate happens, Mark spirals out of control and wants to escape from his real world problems.
Sean Keena (Puberty Blues, Glitch) excels at portraying teenage angst in his smouldering stand out performance as the lead.
The eclectic sound track provides just the right amount of tension. This movie is a gritty portrayal of the difficult journey towards self-identity and manhood.
Is This the Real World is coming to cinemas in Australia from Thursday 9th June 2016. It will be appearing at New Farm Cinemas in Queensland and various other cinemas around Australia.