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THE PURIFIERS

Showing Sunday 10th October | 16:00
Country UK
Run Time 85 Mins
Format HD
Director Richard Jobson
Producer

Chris Atkins, Richard Jobson, Bill Kenwright

Screenplay Richard Jobson
Cast Kevin McKidd, Gordon Alexander,
Dominic Monaghan, Amber Sainsbury, Rachel Grant
Website www.thepurifiers.com
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In an unnamed city, gangs of young people hold violent sway over the ‘zones’. A mysterious, power-hungry leader called Moses seeks to unite them under his fascistic leadership. When the vigilante, crime-fighting Purifiers alone decide to turn their back on Moses’ demands, they find themselves forced into a ferocious and unrelenting fight for survival against every other gang in the city.

Unashamedly inspired by The Warriors, The Purifiers wears its grindhouse origins proudly on its sleeve, referencing everyone from John Carpenter to Tarantino super-influence Ringo Lam. Shifting massively in another direction, BIFA-winner Richard Jobson leaves behind the dark, poetic intensity of 16 Years of Alcohol for pure chop-socky fun. Billed as the first Scottish martial arts movie, this is a classic b-movie thrill ride, as pretty boys and girls bash away at each other with hands and feet in one handsome kung fu set piece after another. Working again with his extraordinarily gifted cameraman, John Rhodes, Jobson works miracles on a tiny budget, transforming Glasgow into an unrecognisable nighttime city.

Kevin McKidd (16 Years) plays the psychopathic Moses in a manner you’d hesitate to call understated. He clearly signed on for the ride Jobson had in mind: you should too. JvF

playing with THE PURIFIERS:

ATTITUDE [SUEDE PROMO]
UK 35mm 3 mins Director Lindy Heymann Producer Tracy Bass
DoP Clive Tickner
Pop promo for the Suede single featuring John Hurt.
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