March 7th, 2011 by Glendyn

I saw this a week or so ago and it’s really stayed with me.  The film feels like you have tapped into someones ‘memories’ or you have tapped into the way we remember memories. It’s not a collection of momentous, epic events, but rather a sequence of regular moments that when cut together create a real sense of the time these kids spent together, just hanging out, ‘spanning time’ (insert link to Photo Booth Scene from Buffalo 66, which sadly doesn’t seem to be on the YouTubes). Sure these kids are good looking hipsters and there are skateboards, but I’m sure if any kid with a bunch of friends shot and cut enough footage and synched a moving track underneath you could get something similar. I guess thats whats cool about the film, it’s not what they are doing, it’s the fact someone did it! Very cool.

If I find out that this is actually ‘branded content’ for a Nokia camera phone, Sony HD thingy or a pair of shoes, I’ll be super disappointed!

7 Responses to “YOUTHVILLE”

  1. Alice Says:

    Makes you get a little catch in your throat, no?

    I too hope this is the real deal – and that you haven’t inadvertently inspired any camera or shoe brand guys to co-opt the idea a la ;)

  2. Glendyn Says:

    Totally. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. I showed it to someone today and I had tears in my eyes. I think the old guy at the end is really cool. I wish someone had told me that when I was a teenager. When I was a teenager all i wanted to be was old! Weird. ‘Youth’ is wasted on the young, as they say…

  3. Alice Says:

    Indeed. Speaking of which, have you seen Wasted on the Young?

  4. Glendyn Says:

    No I havent seen it… along with a whole lot of other Australians… but I’m interested to see it. Might be a DVD for me as I think it wont be in the cinemas by the time I get around to it…

  5. Glendyn Says:

    Have you?

  6. Alice Says:

    Yep, I reviewed it during the Sydney Film Festival, then took another look prior to theatrical release. You can read my take here:

    Be interested to hear what you think of the film – it seems to be dividing we critics.

  7. Jason Says:

    Very nice video:)….But your line…”If I find out that this is actually ‘branded content’” made me laugh.

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