Keswick Film Festival

Friday 11th February 1:00 PM - Alhambra

Jump The Gun

Director: Les Blair Country: UK/South Africa
Cert: 15 Year: 1997 Length: 124 mins
2011 Festival
Jump The Gun

Audience Reaction

Score: 69.74% Attendance: 39


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Six very different working-class characters have tangled and entangled lives in the new, post-apartheid South Africa. Blair is a contemporary of Mike Leigh and shares with him an early background in TV (he directed G F Newman's seminal Law and Order in 1978) and a taste for part-improvisation as a method of creation. But his work is more overtly political, and Jump the Gun is a penetrating social-realist take on the consequences of major political change. 'Episodic, unfocused and lacking a good ending, Jump the Gun ought to have been a mess. Instead it's an absorbing and insightful piece that grips the attention and refuses to let go.' (

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