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.