JDIFF 2013: Jump

| February 26, 2013 | Comments (0)


Lynn Larkin takes a look at Jump, which screened as part of the 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013).


Tue, 19th February
Light House 1
82 mins

Jump opens with some beautiful and colourful shots of Derry which are accompanied by the VO of our main character Greta (Nichola Burley). She is battling with deep depression surrounding her life and the effect people closest to her have on it. This black comedy manages to deal with the very serious issue of suicide while maintaining the story’s entertainment factor.

The backdrop for the movie is Derry on New Year’s Eve. Just like the title Jump, the story jump,s and intertwines three stories throughout the film. Standing on top of the beautifully shot Derry Peace Bridge is ‘our’ Greta deciding if she can muster up the courage to bungee off minus the cord but with wings in tow. Her concentration is distracted when her Knight in torn and blood stained armour shows up in the form of Pearse Kelly (Martin McCann). However, this damsel is in no mood to be rescued.  The two exchange heated words to find they share a common interest. Their hatred for local gangster Frank Feeney (Lalor Roddy) who just happens to be Greta’s father! The two set off into the night with a creative adventure in mind.

Its fast-paced tempo keeps you locked in the movie from start to finish. Some of the secondary characters could have featured a little more.  Good time players Marie and Dara’s story was a little two dimensional at times. However, that being said the one liners and usual scenarios the pair finds themselves in throughout the course of the night are hilarious!

The passionate UK born director Kieron J. Walsh spoke after the screening with a small Q&A. The inspiration for Jump came to him after he heard someone he admired and looked up to mention that ‘A story always needs a beginning, middle and end. However, not exactly in that order.’ This really sums up what Walsh did with this movie, making it a fresh and pleasant watch. He spoke about why he chose Derry, not only for its obvious and beautifully magnetic Derry Peace Bridge; but due to the fact that everyone in Derry dresses up in costume for all major events, not just at Halloween. This was news to me and I bet most of you as well! Kinda want to swing by Derry now for St. Paddy’s.

Jump is endearing and enchanting, words I didn’t think I’d use to describe a dark comic crime thriller that tackles the topic of suicide but there you go; life’s full of surprises, just like the movie. Plus it looks really pretty.

Take a leap of faith and check out Jump the next time it pops up near you.

Lynn Larkin


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