Is This The Real World

“What ‘BOYHOOD’ should have been. Anyone can relate to this coming of age film.”

Dennis Keighron-Foster, I Love Manchester

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Drama

90 min

2016

Martin McKenna

M15+

Drama

synopsis

17 year-old Mark Blazey doesn’t want to live in the real world. In the real world you can’t just do what you want. In the real world you have to compromise.Mark is a smart kid from a chaotic family who has just thrown away a scholarship to a private school and found himself at the local high, to the dismay of his mother and grandma. His single-parent mother, Anna, is struggling to keep the family together and protect her young daughter, while older brother Jimmy is on a path back to jail.When Mark finds his first real love Kim, he tries to escape all the forces in his life with her. It’s a typically impulsive plan of a teenage male on the cusp of adulthood, only compounded by the fact that Kim’s father is Mark’s new high school principle, Mr Rickard.

cast:

Sean Keenan, Charlotte Best, Matt Colwell, Greg Stone, Susie Porter, Julia Blake, Elise MacDougall

crew:

CINEMATOGRAPHER – ELLERY RYAN, SOUND DESIGN – PAUL PIROLA, EDITOR – BEN JOSS, SCORE composed by MURRAY JAMIESON

fan quotes:

"While the performances and writing/direction are undeniably the bedrock of the film, the potency of Is This The Real World comes from its artfully nuanced layers."

- Sophia Watson, FilmInk

current screenings

M15+