The Jammed

APEC “rubbish blog politics” special edition, part I

One of the terrible ways in which Australian society has changed for the worse under the Howard government has been the increase in the number of hand-wringing articles which start out by complaining about the terrible ways in which Australian society has changed for the worse under the Howard government.

Another one is the big free ride that The Jammed is getting from film critics. It’s a movie about an important and harrowing issue – the trafficking of sex workers into Australia – and it almost works as a thriller. But it’s got big problems, too. The director tries very hard to make sure that we know what bits are Harrowing and Awful, by going into slow-mo and putting lots of Insistent Mournful Cello on the sountrack: this is wearying, and a bit insulting to both the actors and the audience.

It reminds me of all those Ann Manne articles in The Monthly about how awful everything is, and also of the tackiest kind of social-issues-based TV journalism. Which is a shame; it had the potential to be as good as everyone says it is.

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