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少年西恩的崩壞人生(加拿大/2012/劇情)

BLACKBIRD (CANADA/2012/DRAMA)

BLACKBIRD

 

語言:英語

Language: English

 

2013年台北電影節

 

劇介

《少年西恩的崩壞人生》描述青少年Sean Randall碰到的困境,他被誣告策劃了校園槍擊事件。一切要從Sean(康納傑瑟普飾演)和富家女Deanna(艾莉西亞費斯特飾演)的友誼說起。Sean和Deanna的友情對於Deanna的男友造成嚴重威脅,引發他激烈的反應。Sean為了保護自己,在網上發出死亡威脅,而且迅速被捕。警察突襲Sean的家時,發現了步槍、霰彈槍、刀具和彈藥,但這些其實都屬於Sean的父親Ricky(麥克布依飾演),他非常熱衷於打獵。警方還找到一個所謂的「復仇計劃」,其中針對20多個曾經霸凌過Sean的人。當局和媒體宣布,警方的行動避免了另一場槍擊事件發生。Sean面臨被送進青少年拘留所的可怕命運,他只盼能向Deanna和鄰里同學證明自己的清白。

 

《少年西恩的崩壞人生》探討了社群媒體和網路霸凌的力量,以及帶來的危險,並顯示了最糟糕的監獄往往是我們為自己打造的。

 

 

導演:傑森巴克斯頓

製片:馬克艾爾蒙,大衛米勒,傑森巴克斯頓

製作公司:A71 Productions、Story Engine Pictures、Festina Lente Productions

演員:康納傑瑟普(Netflix影集《致命鑰匙》),艾莉西亞費斯特,麥克布伊,艾莉西亞費斯特,馬克歐文,坦尼亞克拉克,克雷格阿諾德

 

獎項:

傑森巴克斯頓

2012年亞特蘭大電影節最佳長片

2012年亞特蘭大電影節最佳導演

2012年亞特蘭大電影節最佳編劇

2013年加州加拿大銀幕獎Claude Jutra 獎

2013年加州加拿大銀幕獎原創劇本獎入圍

2013年西雅圖國際電影節未來青年年特別評審團獎

2013年西雅圖國際電影節未來青年年評審團獎入圍

2012年多倫多國際電影節最佳加拿大首部長片獎

2012年多倫多國際電影節探索獎入圍

2012年溫哥華國際電影節最佳加拿大長片

 

 

其他

2013年貝萊爾電影節最佳男主角,康納傑瑟普

2013年加州加拿大銀幕獎最佳剪輯獎入圍,金伯利麥克塔格特

2013年加拿大導演工會獎最佳長片入圍

 

影評:

一個關於長期制度化偏見的感人故事。

新斯科舍省導演成功描寫霸凌⋯⋯傑森巴克斯頓以青少年為中心的劇情片《少年西恩的崩壞人生》,成功描寫了霸凌、偏見以及社群媒體的危險,這位來自新斯科舍省的導演以本片榮獲加拿大Claude Jetra獎……

加拿大電影與電視學院(ACCT)週二宣布,巴克斯頓為Telefilm Canada贊助電影獎的最新獲獎人,ACCT之魁北克主席理查德斯皮爾將《少年西恩的崩壞人生》描述為「一部創新且觸動社會議題的處女作」。

「《少年西恩的崩壞人生》是傑森巴克斯頓的首部長片,精彩的演員群和劇情,探討了預防犯罪與過度反應的棘手問題,同時探討了人們總是害怕與自己不同的人。功力不夠強的導演,可能會讓本片落入道貌岸然說教的陷阱,但巴克斯頓審慎處理本片,讓它以更合理的方式推進。」羅伯特貝爾,Exclaim!

「《少年西恩的崩壞人生》是描寫青少年困境的一部佳作。這種類型的影片其實很多,但加拿大導演往往能添加獨特的洞見,成果比好萊塢電影來得更真實。《少年西恩的崩壞人生》就是一個實例,在這部複雜的劇情片裡,除了描述青少年成長的困境,也呈現了偏見和小城心態。《少年西恩的崩壞人生》不僅對巴克斯頓來說是一項偉大的成就,對傑瑟普來說也是如此,他在本片展現出精彩的演技。」瑪琳娜安圖涅斯,Quiet Earth

Synopsis 

BLACKBIRD is a film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). Deanna’s boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna’s friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online, and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean’s home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition – all property of Sean’s father Ricky (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a supposed “revenge plan” targeting over twenty people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine situation has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean’s only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community.

 

BLACKBIRD is a film that explores the power, and the danger, of social media and cyber-bullying, while showing that the worst prisons are often the ones we create for ourselves.

 

 

Director: Jason Buxton

Producers: Marc Almon, David Miller, Jason Buxton

Production Co: A71 Productions, Story Engine Pictures, Festina Lente Productions

Cast: Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie, Alex Ozerov, Mark Owen, Tanya Clarke, Craig Arnold

 

Awards:

Jason Buxton

Best Atlantic Feature Film, Atlantic Film Festival, 2012.

Best Atlantic Director, Atlantic Film Festival, 2012.

Best Atlantic Screenwriter, Atlantic Film Festival, 2012.

Claude Jutra Award, Canadian Screen Awards, CA, 2013.

Original Screenplay Nominee, Canadian Screen Awards, CA, 2013.

Futurewave Youth Special Jury Award, Seattle International Film Festival, 2013.

Futurewave Youth Jury Award Nominee, Seattle International Film Festival, 2013.

Best Canadian First Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival, 2012.

Discovery Award Nominee, Toronto International Film Festival, 2012.

Best Canadian Feature Film, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2012.

 

 

Others

Connor Jessup, Lead Actor, Bel Air Film Festival, 2014.

Kimberlee McTaggart, Achievement in Editing Nominee, Canadian Screen Awards, CA, 2013.

Picture Editing – Feature Film Nominee, Directors Guild of Canada, 2013.

 

Reviews:

An affecting story of enduring institutionalized prejudice. 

Nova Scotia director wins for bullying drama…..  Jason Buxton's teen-centred drama Blackbird, a powerful and nuanced tale about bullying, paranoia and the dangers of social media, has earned the Nova Scotia filmmaker Canada's Claude Jutra Award….. 

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Buxton as the latest winner of the Telefilm Canada-sponsored movie prize on Tuesday, with the ACCT's Quebec chair Richard Speer describing Blackbird as "a cutting edge and socially poignant debut film." 

“Relying mostly on his performers and the story, Blackbird (Jason Buxton’s surprisingly adept feature film debut) tackles the hot button issue of crime prevention versus overreacting, blending the topic with the inherent human dread of difference. It’s something that could easily become pedagogical or sanctimonious in the wrong hands, but Buxton handles his story with restraint, letting it unfold with even plausibility.” (Robert Bell, Exclaim!) 

“Blackbird is another great entry into the roster of troubled teen tales. The genre is already pretty crowded but Canadians tend to bring a unique voice to the mix, one that often feels more realistic than the Hollywood offerings and such is the case with Blackbird which presents a surprisingly complex tale of individuality and coming of age while exploring ideas of preconception and small town mentality. Not only is Blackbird a great achievement for Buxton but for Jessup whose performance stands out in a movie full of solid performances.” (Marina Antunes, Quiet Earth)