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    Do you think money from the UK national lottery should be used to fund films like this ?



    'Donkey Punch is the vilest film I've ever seen,' says AMANDA PLATELL | Mail Online

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    Well, I won't be shelling out to see it; but Platell can hardly start by disagreeing with the filmmakers assertion that he's reflecting some realities, and then give real-life examples of much the same being in the news last year, including that favourite tabloid standby, the ex-Tory MP's niece. For what it's worth, it's just an ante-up from what was being written about cinema ninety years ago...



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    Meh, it's the Daily Mail. The dopey mare claims "It's not that I can't stomach any horror movie. Gory as it was, I adored Silence Of The Lamb." So that gives some idea of her knowledge of the horror genre.



    I think she was the same women that was on Richard and Judy yesterday championing Heath Ledger for an Oscar for The Dark Knight - despite not having seen the entire film.

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    The only thing that surprises me about Platell's article is that she's actually seen the film before condemning it. That's a novelty...

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    Donkey Punch: a creepy mix of sex and violence

    Kevin Maher



    Jaime Winstone�s jaw has dropped and her face has turned ashen pale. The 23-year-old actress and London party maven is talking about sex: movie sex, deviant sex, drunken sex, drug-fuelled sex and flat-out take-control-pin-him-to-the-chair-and-lose-yourself-and-find-yourself-sex, all of which have a pivotal place in her controversial new thriller, Donkey Punch.



    She is sitting outside an Edinburgh hotel, just before the movie�s European premiere, and bantering with co-stars Nichola Burley and Sian Breckin. They are discussing the film�s orgy when a shocking thought hits Winstone for the first time. �My boyfriend�s going to see this tonight!� she gasps. �I�ve suddenly realised that, and I�ve got the fear!�



    The �boyfriend�, of course, is Alfie Allen (brother of Lilly). The �fear� is his imminent reaction to the sight of Winstone naked and wrapped around her smoothie co-star Jay Taylor in a �youth orgy� sex scene that is both explicit and lengthy, and provides Donkey Punch with a crucial dramatic fulcrum.



    For here, while portraying a group of English party animals moored on a yacht off Spain, and high on drugs, Winstone and co are introduced to the mythical titular sex act (a sharp blow to the back of the neck, mid-coitus, that is alleged to induce muscle spasms in the unlucky recipient and exhilaration all round), but with devastating consequences. �Just tell him, like, �I�m sorry, I was thinking of you!� � says 22-year-old Leeds native Burley, chuckling as she comforts Winstone (the two actresses have been bosom buddies since they bonded on the Channel 4 drama series Goldplated). Burley turns to me and adds: �I remember walking on set during the sex scene, and I didn�t know where to look. Everyone was naked. All you could do was stare into their eyes.�



    �But it was sensitively handled,� says Breckin, 26, the screen novice of the trio, with only theatre credits. �Some days we were like, �Is this what it�s like to be on a porn set?� But mostly it was about kids who are just having a great time, and who shouldn�t be judged for having sex.� Yes, but what about the donkey punch? It gives the movie a radical edge, and it provides a creepy mix of sex and violence that defines the hipster tone of the whole project, but does it even exist? Have you lot, for instance, ever tried it? �Absolutely not!� says Breckin. �It�s the kind of thing that men talk about but no woman would allow to happen.� �No it happens,� counters Winstone. �Of course it does.



    There�s a lot of kinky people out there.� �But realistically,� adds Burley, �if you hit someone on the back of the neck, with force, during sex, you�re obviously going to break it!� �Let�s turn it around,� says Breckin with a grin. �We are women here, but would you do a donkey punch?� I tell them that I�m not a fan of the punching, but could work my way up to some heavy neck massage perhaps. �Awwh sweet, a donkey massage!� sneers Winstone. �A donkey rub!� giggles Burley. �Darling! Time for your donkey rub!�



    The actresses first encountered the script for Donkey Punch when it was whizzing around British agencies like the proverbial hot potato. �I remember thinking, �Wow, if this ever gets made, it�s going to be really f***ing powerful!� � Winstone says. Co-written by David Bloom and the director Oliver Blackburn, the film was inspired by a stag night Bloom attended, where the men were bragging about sexual antics. �When the donkey punch was mentioned it silenced the room,� Bloom says.



    The finished screenplay is remarkably high concept. Four London boys pick up three northern girls at a Spanish resort, bring them out to sea on a yacht, and perform a fatal donkey punch. Thereafter all aboard begin to murder one another. It could have been completely crass, like Hostel on a boat. Yet the surprise hook in Donkey Punch is the depth of characterisation, and the seemingly naturalistic bonds that exist between the protagonists.



    �That�s because we were all really close during the shoot,� Winstone says, explaining how the film-makers forced the girls to flatshare for the entire six weeks of the Cape Town-based shoot (though set in Spain, South Africa made more fiscal sense on the film�s modest �500,000 budget).



    The proof of the making, however, is in the screening and Donkey Punch wowed viewers at this year�s Sundance Film Festival. �The audience at Sundance were standing up, cheering and shouting at the screen,� Burley says.



    And yet what about the inevitable controversy when the movie reaches mainstream audiences? What about the popularisation of a dangerous sexual practice? �We should have a warning at the end saying, �Don�t try this at home kids!� � Burley says. �Unless you have an adult present!� adds Winstone, cackling loudly and sending her two friends into uncontrollable fits of healthy, filthy, girly giggles.



    Donkey Punch is released nationwide on Friday 18 2008

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    And from an independent reviewer....Neil Young, from Jigsaw Lounge...



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    Donkey Punch

    UK 2008


    Starring : Nichola Burley, Jaime Winstone

    Director : Olly Blackburn

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    WELCOME proof that there's more to current UK cinema than gritty realism, costume-dramas and daft comedies, Donkey Punch is an unashamedly commercial, youth-oriented psychological thriller with horror overtones. It's fresher, bolder and more convincing than the countless similar variations on genre themes which Hollywood has produced recently: the accuracy of the script's 21st-century Brit-speak even led American showbiz-bible Variety to complain about "frequently incomprehensible dialogue." Streams of undiluted London patois didn't stop Noel Clarke's overwrought urban drama AdULTHOOD from topping the box-office over here this summer, of course, and Donkey Punch - an auspicious, low-budget debut from director/co-writer Blackburn - is a more satisfying affair in nearly every regard.

    The latest in a long line of onboard-suspense movies influenced by Philip Noyce's 1989 Dead Calm, it begins in sun-kissed Mallorca with three Yorkshire lasses in their early twenties enjoying an escape from 'rain-sodden' Leeds. They meet a trio of well-spoken young men from the Home Counties, who invite them to party on the well-appointed yacht they're looking after. A few hours later, the group's hedonistic, drug-fuelled excitement turns fatally sour during the violent sex-act (in reality, more urban-myth than actual coital practice) which provides the movie with its title. While this first death is accidental, its repercussions among the survivors ensure there'll be plenty more blood on the decks before the night is over.

    The freshest aspect of Blackburn and David Bloom's script is that there's no external threat: no slasher, nothing supernatural. It's the extreme and claustrophobic nature of the situation that exposes the well-drawn characters' insecurities and neuroses, eventually tipping them over the edge. This gives the early and middle stages an unexpected plausibility that only dissipates in the final reel. By which point most viewers may be too caught up to particularly care - though in retrospect the picture isn't the most water-tight of thrill-ride contraptions. Editing is key to both suspending disbelief and escalating tension in this kind of material - and while Donkey Punch is a decidedly youthful enterprise on both sides of the camera, cutting duties are left to veteran Kate Evans, whose credits stretch back to the BBC's Tenko in the mid-80s: a rather differenttale of British women experiencing peril in hot foreign climes.

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    name='julian_craster']Do you think money from the UK national lottery should be used to fund films like this ?



    'Donkey Punch is the vilest film I've ever seen,' says AMANDA PLATELL | Mail Online


    If that's the case she wants to get out more...



    A few cinema trips and visits to Blockbuster and she'll soon change her mind.

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    Oh my god you lot – I come here for a bit of welcome relief from another forum I go on where they are currently ‘discussing’ (I use the term loosely) how much gay porn it is OK for one of the members to keep posting in random threads.



    The title of this film - it sounds deliberately and possibly unnecessarily provocative doesn’t it..and yet, it isn’t a random title – it is the defining moment of the story…



    But, I strongly suspect someone has sat down and worked backwards here: What would sell…etc etc..

    I may be wrong and I do think that you should see a film before judging it – why anyone pays Amanda Platell to do anything is a mystery to me.. (although, I suspect it is because she is the journalistic equivalent of ‘Donkey Punch' and so has a bit of a cheek condemning shock tactics..)





    I am incredibly squeamish (lasted about half an hour through 28 days later..) so somebody is going to have to put up a review of this or I’ll have to get an aisle seat.



    The Myspace TV comments are priceless – I’ll give you that. So – who are we going to nominate…



    That was a joke – please don’t nominate anyone..!

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    i think what upset plattel the most was ,like the potato sex lives trash ,its recieved funding which the general public contribute to , i think through the lottery . it sounds a fantastic subject for a film and ill put it on my must see list .like three and out .

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