Blackrock

I crammed in a few movies this weekend, as I often do.

The first was Blackrock, a study in Australian misogyny; we watch the story revolve around Jared, teenager who witnesses the rape and murder of a girl, but does nothing for fear of betraying his mates.

The theme is painted quite starkly as we see the aft-end example of his girlfriend’s father, a photographer who treats his models like cattle. I believe this film is underrated as most viewers miss this important pointer, and consider the drama on its own merits. This is difficult to do as Jared’s silence becomes more ridiculous and he transforms into a less sympathetic character. It’s also easy to look at this as a general indictment, but director Steven Vidler is careful to limit himself to a small community and a narrow scope.

On the surface, Blackrock reads as a teenage drama with a bit of hysterical fluff thrown in. It isn’t a great film by any means, but it is watchable, and deserves a bit more credit than that.

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