Review : "The Jammed" -- Dee McLachlan

Goldsmith, Ben (2010) Review : "The Jammed" -- Dee McLachlan. In Goldsmith, Ben & Lealand, Geoff (Eds.) Directory of World Cinema : Australia and New Zealand. Intellect Ltd., Bristol, pp. 125-127.

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Synopsis and review of Australian crime film The Jammed (Dee McLachlan, 2007). Includes cast and credits.

One of the strengths of Dee McLachlan’s shocking and moving film is the extensive research undertaken in pre-production, which grounds the film in a reality of which many Australians are unaware. The film opens with a caption stating that it was inspired by court transcripts, and closes with an intertitle stating that in 2001 and 2002, two sex trafficked victims died in Villawood Detention Centre. The film makes it clear that human trafficking and the coercion of women into prostitution are as much problems in Australia as anywhere; Project Respect, an organisation that acts on behalf of trafficked sex workers, has estimated that about 1000 women are illegally brought to Australia to work as prostitutes each year. The film’s title is taken from the term used by support workers to describe how the women are ‘jammed’ between their captors and the authorities; their illegal status and often heavy endebtedness, coupled with their innate fear of authority figures and the captors threats to their families back home, deter them from escaping or going to the police. The latter course of action may only lead to incarceration and deportation, as it does for Crystal in The Jammed. They are also deterred from speaking out by the implied (and often real) collusion between the traffickers and the authorities. While she is held in an apartment shortly after she arrives in Australia, Crystal threatens to call the police, only to be told by her captor ‘My best friend is the police’...

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ID Code: 61947
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Australian cinema, Australian film, crime, genre, sex trafficking
ISBN: 9781841503738
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Intellect Ltd.
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2013 22:56
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 08:47

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