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Drunken Butterflies

  • 2014
  • 89 min
  • Directed by: Garry Sykes
  • Written by: Garry Sykes
  • Cast: Leanne Rutter, Yasmine Ati, Amanda Hodgson
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  • Website: drunkenbutterfliesfilm.com

A film that mixes scripted reality TV, documentary and interviews to tell the story of a Saturday night out in the north.

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'There's no excuse for missing it.' – BBC

Drunken Butterflies is the new reality-bending teen feature for the twenty-teens, following an unforgettable Saturday in the lives of eight Newcastle teenagers.

Tracy Bell, Newcastle's queen bee, is having a bad day's hangover. Her new bestie Chloe was seeing her brother Liam until last night's party when she got with another lad, Chris, 'the magic trick guy'. With her wing-girls Sarah and Becca at her side, Tracy's out for blood. Across town and out of her depth, Chloe's running scared into the arms of old friends Isla and Nicky. Today all six girls are headed into town on a collision course, all fights, tears and takedowns building towards the Saturday night party to end them all.

Cast by Tumblr and improvised by the young cast to incorporate their frontline experience of growing up in the north, the film seamlessly fuses 'scripted reality' TV techniques, documentary interviews, traditional narrative filmmaking and internet influence to bring its world to life. As it builds inevitably towards its doomed finale and the lines between fiction and reality, viewer and film, crumble to nothing, Drunken Butterflies confronts its audience with the pressing question: 'are you for real?'

'Full of grit, heart and stellar performances that leave you wanting more.' – Live For Films
'These girls could have been me.' – Bitch Flicks
'Sex, drugs, lies and frenemies – unrelenting teenage drama.' – The Fan Carpet
'An arthouse Geordie Shore.' – The Crack
'The real thing.' – Sunderland Echo

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