JUCY. Starring Cindy Nelson, Francesca Gasteen, Ryan Johnson and Damien Freeleagus. Directed by Louise Alston. Rated M (Coarse language, sexual references and a sex scene). 81 minutes.
A Brisbane comedy which will resonate there – and, hopefully, all round Australia.
The title? A combination of the names of the two leads, Jackie and Lucy. This film owes a great deal to the combination of talent seen with, say, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Jackie (Cindy Nelson) is the larger than life comedian. Lucy (Francesca Gasteen) is the slighter but more sardonic comedian. They are both 20-somethings who have not entirely grown up.
They have done everything together for years – a kind of co-dependence and friends wonder about their ‘womance’, the female version of ‘bromance’. They work in a video store for customers with ‘alternative’ interests and tastes and give their advice to the eccentrics who are looking for their favourite or new ‘genre movies’. They socialise but turn events into messes for themselves and others. It is the same with relationships.
When they branch out, especially with a local production of Jane Eyre, where an oddball company have rehearsals (with Jackie and Lucy vying for parts and attention, especially for the role of Jane rather than the mad wife), where they tangle with the director and the leading man, where there are complications with the printing and distribution of the posters. Jealousy rears quite an ugly head.
So Jackie and Lucy have to experience alienation before they can accept themselves and each other – which, of course, they do.
The film was co-written and directed by Louise Alston who made another local comedy, All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane (2007).
Fr Peter Malone MSC is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.
Out November 3, 2011 in Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Wagga, Orange with other locations to follow.