I’m sure it’s not its only inspiration but anyone familiar with the divisive work of Larry Clark will no doubt spot such controversial themes from films like KIDS and BULLY within the first footage from the film festival favourite KING JACK.
Acclaimed short filmmaker Felix Thompson makes his feature-length directorial debut with this coming of age tale centred on troubled teenager Jack, with the story picking up the Audience Award at the Independent Spirit Awards last year.
Jack is a scrappy 15-year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle.
So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend, the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately, no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, ‘King Jack’ is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings.
Check out the first trailer for the film released in the UK February 26, and starring Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen, Danny Flaherty and Chloe Levine.