An incredible debut feature that heralds a genuine talent, BUGS follows a group of teenagers at high school as they plan their weekend and jostle for position in the complex hierarchy of teenage social networks. Meanwhile, in nearby bushland, lies the corpse of Amanda. But really, no one seems to care.
Superficially BUGS plays like a cross between Harmony Korine’s work (think Gummoor the Korine scripted Kids) and Tim Hunter’s cult classic River’s Edge, but BUGS is very much its own beast, with a genuine local sensibility that finds the darkness behind the sunniest Australian suburbs.
Director and writer Jack Moxey teases memorable performances from his young cast, capturing the relentless energy as they navigate their way through the final months of high school.
Screens with the short film Rift.
Sat 7th, 9th.10pm, Luna Leederville